Hutch on Top
Though top of the pile at the end of day 1, Quantum Sails’ Terry Hutchinson reckons the Long Beach Yacht Club’s 45th Congressional Cup is a lot closer than it looks on the scoreboard that shows him with a 9-1 record. Hutch, who won in 1992 and called tactics for winners Ken Read in 2003 and Dean Barker in 2006, said he isn’t even thinking about the choice between $30,000 or the keys to a new Acura that is awarded to anyone who goes undefeated all week. "There are a lot of good sailors here." said Hutchinson, who was recently honored as America’s Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.
After Hutchinson had handed triple Olympic gold medallist and ISAF World Sailor of the Year, Ben Ainslie, one of his two losses, by five boat lengths, the Brit said "The thing to do is roll with the punches and keep it going." Some had more punches to roll with than others. France’s Sébastien Col, Mathieu Richard and Philippe Presti, currently ranked Nos. 1, 3 and 6 in the world, are all back in the pack. Pic from Rich Roberts and more here.