Dean Barker wins Ficker Cup

Dean Barker, USA, dominated the 2018 Ficker Cup, to win the Grade Two World Sailing regatta, and advance to the Congressional Cup, which starts Wednesday 18 April.Dean Barker - American Magic Team, USA -

Also qualifying for the Congressional Cup is Johnie Berntsson, of Sweden, who finished second in the three-day qualification regatta.

The Congressional Cup is an invitational only event with a total of ten invited helms. Two helms are invited from the 2018 Ficker Cup and one from the 2017 USA Grand Slam Series

Barker was nearly undefeated in the Ficker Cup, logging an impressive 13-1 record in the Round Robins.

His only loss was to Dave Hood, USA: a Staff Commodore at Long Beach YC and winner of the recent California Dreamin’ stop, who used his local knowledge advantage to call a shift to the right side of the course.

But from that point on, Barker was unstoppable, dispatching Leonard Takahashi, JPN, in the semi-finals 3-0; and crushing Berntsson 3-0 in the finals.

At the prizegiving at Long Beach YC, Deon Macdonald, daughter of the late Bill Ficker, was on hand to present the esteemed Ficker Cup to Barker.

“It’s an honour to win the trophy named after Bill Ficker,” Barker remarked. “It’s been a fantastic week, it feels a little like coming home to Long Beach.”

Barker has competed in three prior Congressional Cup regattas, winning the trophy in 2000 and 2005.

British entry Ian Williams is a three time winner and the defending champion.

The Congressional Cup is sailed in Catalina 37 type boats supplied by the event, with racing taking place from Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 April.

Congressional Cup Invited Helms are:

Eric Monnin SUI
Chris Steele NZL
Harry Price AUS
Ian Williams GBR
Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN
Sam Gilmour AUS
Scott Dickson USA
Taylor Canfield USA
Dean Barker USA
Johnie Berntsson SWE

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