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Our Story

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.

The Catalina 37s, known by most as "the 37s", have been the boats for the Long Beach Yacht Club's iconic event, The Congressional Cup, for over 30 years. Over the years, they have also become the platform for LBYC's extensive match racing program - Ficker Cup, Mayors Cup, California Dreaming Series, and Butler Cup. The Sailing Foundation makes the fleet available for several other events throughout the year - Harbor Cup Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta, Long Beach Race Week, and the Linda Elias Memorial Women's One Design Challenge, to name a few.

However, that is only part of the Sailing Foundation's story. Throughout the year, the Sailing Foundation, working with many partners, undertakes activities that promote national and international amateur sailing, maritime education, and community outreach. The Foundation focuses on being part of the “future” of amateur sailing and a valued community partner.

Board of Directors

Long Beach Sailing Foundation - Boat image

Ken Mattfeld

Co-Chairman & Secretary

Mary Voigt

Vice Chairman

Carling Cain


Blair Carty


Jane Hoffner


Greg Magnusen

Director & LBYC Liaison

Laura Utterback


Doug Bower


Karen Campbell


Marilyn Cassedy


Christy Smitheran


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