2017 Youth Match Racing Worlds Coming to USA

Published on April 21st, 2016

The 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship will be hosted by Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, CA. Balboa Yacht Club is the founder and host of the oldest continually held Youth Match Race event in the world, the Governor’s Cup, which will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in July 2016.

In honor of that milestone, the Club’s members and friends funded the design and construction of twelve new Governor’s Cup 22’s which will be first used in the 50th Anniversary event and in next year’s World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship.

“Balboa Yacht Club has a proven track record of holding a successful Youth Match Racing regatta and is a fantastic venue to hold our fourth edition of these World Championships,” noted Alastair Fox said, Head of Events at World Sailing. “World Sailing looks forward to working with Balboa Yacht Club and have no doubt that both the club and California will impress all competitors involved, especially with the use of the new anniversary yachts.”

The new boats to be used in the World Championship are high performance, 3 or 4 person sloops designed by noted yacht designer Alan Andrews and feature “flat top” mains, carbon fiber rigs, fractional rigs with masthead spinnakers.

The choice of venue was made by an Evaluation Panel who reviewed applications received in October 2015. The Panel then made their recommendation to World Sailing’s Executive Committee who endorsed the recommendation. The selection of Balboa Yacht Club is subject to a successful site visit and satisfactory contractual arrangements.

Dates are yet to be confirmed for the regatta but will be released in the near future.

Source: World Sailing

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