Australasians lead 53rd Governor’s Cup
Published on July 16th, 2019
Newport Beach, CA (July 16, 2019) – The opening matches of the 53rd Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship got underway today for the 12 international teams representing six nations.
Leonard Takahashi (NZL), runner-up in 2018, leads the field along with Finn Tapper (AUS), as both teams came away with five wins after seven matches. However, five other teams are sitting on four wins.
With each team still to sail 15 more races in the double round-robin stage, which will determine the four top skippers that advance to semi-finals, at least ten of the twelve competitors remain in contention. With 6-12 knot winds expected to continue tomorrow, the first attention signal is expected at 1130 PDT off the Balboa Pier.
Teams sail the “GovCup 22” sloops. First used in the 50th Anniversary regatta in 2016, they were designed by former BYC Commodore Alan Andrews and built by Westerly Marine in nearby Santa Ana. They feature a “flat top” mainsail, masthead spinnaker, modern “T” keel and an “all up” weight of only 1470 lbs (666 kg).
The competition on July 16-20 begins with a double round-robin series to advance the top four teams to the knock out matches for the Semi-Finals, Finals, and Petit Finals. There are also Consolation rounds to determine the standings from 5th through 12th.
Source: Balboa Yacht Club