The Swedish Match Tour's Australia Cup has been cancelled but the Congressional Cup
Lack of sponsorship has forced the Royal Perth Yacht Club to cancel the Swedish Match Tour’s Australia Cup. However, the Swedish Match Tour has announced that the Congressional Cup will now be included in series and will take place from 7-13 April at Long Beach California.
The Australia Cup, originally scheduled for 12-17 March, was to have been the fourth event of Swedish Match Tour 2001-02. As a result, the Steinlager Line 7 Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, 19-24 March, is now the fourth event on the schedule, with the Congressional Cup following two weeks later.
The Congressional Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious match racing events in the world and is currently one of only two Grade 1 match race regattas in the United States. Organised by the Long Beach Yacht Club, the Congressional Cup is managed by club member volunteers.
Previous winners of the Congressional Cup include Dennis Conner, Bill Ficker, Ted Turner, Terry Hutchinson, Chris Law, Peter Gilmour, Gavin Brady, Peter Holmberg, Chris Dickson and Dean Barker. The Congressional Cup will be the fifth event of Swedish Match Tour 2001-02.