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HOLMBERG WINS THIRD CONGRESSIONAL CUP

May 1, 2001 — Virgin Islander Peter Holmberg beat Bertrand Pacé to become a three time winner of the prestigious Congressional Cup match racing event held at the Long Beach Yacht Club.
Holmberg came back from a first race loss to beat Pacé in the next two races Sunday and win his third Crimson Blazer in four years, according to the Congressional Cup web-site.
"The first one's sweet, but this was harder," Holmberg said. "Pacé is a terrific sailor. I had to work harder than I ever have to win."
Holmberg, 40, represented his hometown St. Thomas Yacht Club of the U.S. Virgin Islands but, more relevant, led a crew from Larry Ellison's Oracle America's Cup campaign, currently training 60 miles up the coast at Ventura. Pacé, 38 and third-ranked in the world, sailed with a Kiwi crew from his new employer, America's Cup defender Team New Zealand.
Holmberg became only the second sailor to win the Congressional more than twice, following victories in 1998 and '99. Rod Davis, a potential helmsman for the Italy's next Prada Challenge, has won it four times, but he lost two straight to Pacé in the semifinals, as Holmberg swept Stars & Stripes' Ken Read to set up the final. Read won two from Davis for third place.
For a complete report on the Congressional Cup Regatta go to www.lbyc.org

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May 1, 2001 -- Virgin Islander Peter Holmberg beat Bertrand Pacé to become a three time winner of the prestigious Congressional Cup match racing event held at the Long Beach Yacht Club.
Holmberg came back from a first race loss to beat Pacé in the next two races Sunday and win his third Crimson Blazer in four years, according to the Congressional Cup web-site.
"The first one's sweet, but this was harder," Holmberg said. "Pacé is a terrific sailor. I had to work harder than I ever have to win."
Holmberg, 40, represented his hometown St. Thomas Yacht Club of the U.S. Virgin Islands but, more relevant, led a crew from Larry Ellison's Oracle America's Cup campaign, currently training 60 miles up the coast at Ventura. Pacé, 38 and third-ranked in the world, sailed with a Kiwi crew from his new employer, America's Cup defender Team New Zealand.
Holmberg became only the second sailor to win the Congressional more than twice, following victories in 1998 and '99. Rod Davis, a potential helmsman for the Italy's next Prada Challenge, has won it four times, but he lost two straight to Pacé in the semifinals, as Holmberg swept Stars & Stripes' Ken Read to set up the final. Read won two from Davis for third place.
For a complete report on the Congressional Cup Regatta go to www.lbyc.org