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Dean Barker takes early lead at Congressional Cup

America's Dean Barker celebrated his 45th birthday with six straight wins on Day One of the 54th annual Congressional Cup regatta, hosted by Long Beach YC.Dean Barker USA -

Barker’s team American Magic had battled its way into the Congressional Cup, qualifying at last week’s Ficker Cup regatta with just one loss under the belt.

In a three-way tie for second place, with 4 wins after six flights of round robin racing, are Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Taylor Canfield (USA) and Sam Gilmour (AUS).

It was the first stop on the New York Yacht Club American Magic challenge for the 36th America’s Cup; and an auspicious one for Barker, CEO/tactician Terry Hutchinson and the campaign.

Britain's Ian Williams has three wins from five starts.

Stiff competition, and solid breeze that started at eight knots and built to an exciting 14 knots, greeted the 10 top match racing teams from around the globe who convened in Long Beach for this prestigious World Sailing Grade One regatta.

Congressional Cup Round Robin standings (win - Loss):

Dean Barker (USA) 6-0
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) 4-2
Sam Gilmour (AUS) 4-2
Taylor Canfield (USA) 4-2
Harry Price (AUS) 3-2
Ian Williams (GBR) 3-2
Eric Monnin (SUI) 2-4
Chris Steele (NZL) 2-4
Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) 2-4
Scott Dickson (USA) 0-6

Congressional Cup racing continues through Sunday April 22, on the waters off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.

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