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The Long Beach Sailing Foundation's mission is to encourage and promote national and international amateur sailing and to facilitate maritime education and community sailing opportunities. We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to own, maintain and manage a fleet of identical Catalina 37 sailboats donated by Frank Butler, the president of Catalina Yachts, for use in Long Beach Yacht Club signature event, The Congressional Cup.


Throughout the year, you will see and hear about our programs designed to support STEM education, sailor development, and Community Outreach.  These programs are made possible through the support of our donors and our partnerships with Long Beach Yacht Club, the US Sailing Center, and many members of our local sailing community.

About Us

The Long Beach Sailing Foundation was formed in 1991 to own, manage and maintain the Catalina 37 fleet, donated by Frank Butler, the president of Catalina Yachts. The Sailing Foundation supports the boats to an identical standard in all performance-related areas: weight, equipment, rig tuning, and sails. This is possible through the tremendous efforts of dedicated board member volunteers, contractors, and supporters like Catalina Yachts and Samson Rope Technologies, who are all key to helping us fulfill our mission.

Long Beach Sailing Foundation - Catalina 37


If you want to ensure that the sport of sailing thrives and is accessible to all those in our community who are open to the experience of sailing and all the relationship and educational opportunities it provides, please donate to the Long Beach Sailing Foundation.



  • General / Unrestricted​

  • Outreach

  • Education

  • Fleet

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Long Beach Sailing Foundation - Stem Project
Long Beach Sailing Foundation - Congressional Cup

Photo: Chris Poole Undefeated Champion of the 58th Congressional Cup

The Congressional Cup

The world’s top match-racing skippers return yearly to Long Beach Yacht Club for the annual Congressional Cup regatta.  The skippers man the fleet of 11 identical Catalina-37s furnished by The Long Beach Sailing Foundation.

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