A 'Dream' Win For Ferrarese in 49th Congressional Cup

Simone Ferrarese found speed in light wind like nobody else could Saturday to win the Long Beach Yacht Club's 49th Congressional Cup with a 54-second win over Ed Baird in a one-race championship showdown.
The 25-year-old Italian was the only one of the semifinalists who hadn't worn the blazer as he moved into the company of the world's elite match racing sailors with his first win in a Grade 1 event. 
As it was, Ferrarese found breeze that nobody else could, first winning the favored left side from Baird, who went right at the start, and extending his leads from 29 seconds at the first windward mark to 35 at the leeward, 48 at the second windward and finally 54 at the finish. Baird said, "He just went the better way. We gave him what he wanted." -- Rich Roberts.
That's when Smith also ordered the windward-leeward, twice-around course shortened from a 0.35 nautical mile to 0.25---a mere quarter-mile that seemed to suffice.
Earlier in the long afternoon fickle and feeble breeze delayed the start of racing for about two hours and then stopped it again for an hour in mid-afternoon before a 6-knot southerly showed up under a heavy cloud cover to allow the title match to go at 5:15 p.m.
Even then, the conditions were so fragile---and this was after winds in the high 20s had prevented any pre-event practice only five days earlier---principal race officer Randy Smith cut the title and petite finals from best-of-threes to single matches.
So, after Ferrarese had spotted Great Britain's Ian Williams--- the double defending champ and world No. 1---their first semifinal match before winning the next two and Baird had dispatched France's Mathieu Richard with wins in their first and third go-rounds, it all came down to a single race.
 
SemifinalsEd Baird, USA, def. Mathieu Richard, France, 2 seconds.
Richard d. Baird, 17 seconds.
Baird d. Richard, 25 seconds (Baird wins, 2-1).
 
Ian Williams, Great Britain, def. Simone Ferrarese, Italy, 1 second.
Ferrarese d. Williams, 2 minutes 8 seconds.
Ferrarese d. Williams, 1 minute 30 seconds (Ferrarese wins, 2-1).  

Petite finalsWilliams d. Richard, 0:15.
 
FinalsFerrarese d. Williams, 0:54 (Ferrarese wins, 1-0). 
A 'Dream' Win For Ferrarese in 49th Congressional Cup A 'Dream' Win For Ferrarese in 49th Congressional Cup Reviewed by Panos Douros on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Rating: 5

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