Published on May 21st, 2018.
Twelve teams will compete in Balboa Yacht Club’s 52nd Annual Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship to be held July 16-21 in Newport Beach, CA. Leading the field is the world’s second ranked match racing skipper and former Governor’s Cup winner, Harry Price, 21, (AUS), defending Balboa Yacht Club Governor’s Cup champion Christophe Killian, 21, (USA) and 2017 runner-up Leonard Takahashi (NZL).
To be eligible for the event, sailors must be no more than 22 years old.
Price will represent the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in his effort to become the 11th two-time winner of the world’s oldest and most prestigious youth match racing event. In April he competed in his first Congressional Cup, the iconic match racing series on which the Governor’s Cup was originally patterned. Killian will also be seeking his second win, after last year breaking a 37 year drought since the last winner of the Governor’s Cup sailed for the host club.
Governor’s Cup veteran Will Boulden, of the Royal Freshwater Bay YC (Perth, Western Australia) will join his countryman Price in the fleet. Boulden has risen to a #12 position in the World Sailing Open Match Racing Rankings, the second highest of skippers who will sail this year in the Cup.
Nineteen year old Takahashi (WS Rank #14) will again be representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. After finishing 2nd in last year’s Governor’s Cup and beating Price in the semifinals, Takahashi had an unprecedented run in late 2017 and 2018, winning five major youth match racing events in Australia and New Zealand.
Takahashi’s stunning string included wins in the Musto and Harken youth match racing events in Australia, as well as the New Zealand Youth Match Racing Championship, RNZYS’s Nespresso championship and the Centerport championship hosted by the Royal Port Nicholson YC (NZL). Takahashi will be joined by fellow RNZYS member, James Wilson, who placed second to Takahashi in both the Harken and Nespresso series.
Another American will also be one of the favorites. Christopher Weis of Los Angeles’ Del Rey YC, will race in his third Governor’s Cup, having made the semi-finals in both previous Governor’s Cups and finishing third last year.