Gov Cup Week is kicked off and it’s clear sailing

The 53rd Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, officially got underway last evening with the opening night “Welcome Dinner” and the “Meet the Teams” event.

Teams from Australia, Denmark, Great Britain, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States will compete throughout the week, first in a multi-day round robin event, followed by the semi-finals Friday afternoon and the finals on Saturday.

Gov Cup Week is kicked off sailboat

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Courtesy of Balboa Yacht Club

The skippers competing in the event include David Wood (USA), from the BYC; Cameron Feves (USA), competing out of the Cabrillo Beach YC; Finn Tapper from Australia; Frank Dair (USA), competing out of the California YC; Jack Parkin (USA,) Riverside YC and Stanford Sailing Team; Jeppe Borch from Denmark; Jordan Stevenson from New Zealand; Leonard Takahashi from New Zealand; Mans Holmberg from Sweden; Matt Whitfield from the UK; Nick Egnot-Johnson New Zealand and Clare Costanzo from Australia.

Racing continues today through Thursday with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals on Friday, followed by the finals on Saturday.

The Gov Cup is the oldest and considered one of the most prestigious youth match racing regattas in the world. It was first held in 1967, following the grant of the Deed of Gift for the Governor’s Cup to the BYC by then-California Governor Ronald Reagan. 

The race was designated “for the purpose of encouraging Youth Racing in the State of California and the recognition of the skill and high performance of those men and women under twenty years of age.”