Chris Way and his team of Murray Gordon, Tom Spithill, Mark Dorling, Katie Pellew & Andrew Hudson travelled to Long Beach, USA to compete in the Ficker Cup. Eight teams from around the globe competed in the 40th Ficker Cup Match Race: three days of what Principal Race Officer John Busch called, "Awesome, epic sailing." Although the wind was slow to come up in the morning, when it did fill in, it was idyllic, with cool ocean breezes and plenty of sunshine.
While all had their eyes on one of two final berths in the Congressional Cup, the field was equally driven for victory in the Ficker Cup: a prestigious title in its own right. The Ficker Cup was founded by LBYC in 1980 to honor Bill Ficker, the legendary yachtsman who helmed Intrepid to victory in the 1970 America’s Cup and won the Congressional Cup in 1974.Although a ticket to the Congressional Cup is coveted, so too is winning the esteemed Ficker Cup trophy.
The team, which were the only newcomers to the event and to the Catalina 37's, had a strong 2 days of racing and narrowly missed the Semi Finals by 1 point. They are already hopeful to return next year and fight for the win in the Ficker Cup and to qualify for the Congressional Cup.
Full Results can be seen here.