SAILING : Dickson dominates the first day of Ficker Cup

So go figure how it is that in an event billing “an international fleet of ambitious young sailors” hoping to qualify for next week’s 49 th Congressional Cup, the team on top after Day 1 of the Long Beach Yacht Club’s Ficker Cup has an average age of 41.

That would be the local veteran Scott Dickson’s crew that swept the table of five opening matches Friday to stand ahead of imposing opposition that includes some of the highest ranked match racers in the world, such as Taylor Canfield, age 24 and No. 8, of the U.S. Virgin Islands, (4-1); Jordan Reece, 22 and No. 16, of Australia (2-3), and Dustin Durant, 25 and No. 31, of Long Beach (2-3).

Dickson, 42, beat them all with solid tactics and fast sailing in shifty winds running from 7 to 12 knots from the southwest and south. He was guided by tactician Steve Flam, 51, and a crew of trimmers John Busch, 53, and Phil Toth, 31; mainsail trimmer Chad Hough, 39, and the kid on the bow, Erik Berzins, 29.

Dickson was around when the Catalina 37 s emerged as the Congressional Cup boats of choice a couple of decades ago and has lost track of how many Congressionals he has sailed in.


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