Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2019 - Leaderboard

Governor’s Cup 50th anniversary begins with launch of first new boat

by Andy Rose on 19 Jan 2016
Governor’s Cup 50th anniversary begins with launch of first new boat Tom Walker
The first of twelve new “Governor’s Cup 22” sloops was christened and sailed for the first time in the waters of Newport Beach, California on Saturday, January 16. Construction of the fleet is expected to be complete by June, 2016 and will be used for the first time in the 50th Anniversary Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, which will be held at the Balboa Yacht Club from July 15-23, 2016. The Governor’s Cup is the oldest youth match racing event in the world and was founded in 1967 with a trophy donated by then-California Governor Ronald Reagan.

“Gov Cup” alumni include some of the finest sailors in the world including James Spithill, two-time winning skipper of the America’s Cup, and a virtual “who’s who” of America’s Cup, Olympic and round the world race winners including nine sailors named U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and three members of the United States National Sailing Hall of Fame. The record of these alumni over the decades led to the “Pathway for Champions” motto adopted by the BYC for the Governor’s Cup in 2008.

Spithill is just one of many sailors who have sailed in both Governor’s and America’s Cups as recognized by Commodore Norbert Bajurin of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the current holder of the America’s Cup who, during a visit by the America’s Cup to the Governor’s Cup regatta in 2014, said “the Governor’s Cup is the America’s Cup for youth”.

The launch of the new boat is the first event of this year’s 50th Anniversary celebrations for the Governor’s Cup which will complement the regatta itself. With the increase in the age limit for the Cup allowing sailors through their 22nd year to compete which was adopted in late 2015, there may be as many as three past champions competing in 2016. The 50th Anniversary Cup is co-chaired by Paul Blank and Tom Purcell. Tom is the son of the founders of the Cup, Chet and Glee Purcell, and crewed on the winning team in the first three Governor’s Cups. Blank and Purcell expect many of the prominent alumni to attend an alumni regatta on Saturday, July 16, and the premiere that evening of a feature length movie produced by ESPN and NBC sailing commentator and Emmy winner, Gary Jobson.

The new boats were designed by BYC member and former commodore, Alan Andrews, an internationally recognized yacht designer. Andrews also designed the current fleet of Governor’s Cup 21’s but given advances in design techniques and materials, the new 22’s are expected to be significantly faster than the current boats which still remain one of the best boats in the world for this type of sailing.

The Newport Balboa Sailing and Seamanship Association (“NBSSA”) owns the current fleet and will own the fleet of 22’s. The funds for the construction were donated to NBSSA mainly by members of the BYC although additional funds were provided by other Governor’s Cup alumni and friends of youth sailing from as far away as Florida and New York. Contributions also included an unexpected and greatly appreciated donation from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, a perennial competitor in the “Gov Cup” over the years--and home club of the 2015 champion—in recognition of the importance of the Cup internationally.

Larry Law, president of NBSSA congratulated the BYC for its support, “I am again amazed and grateful for the support of Balboa Yacht Club members that allowed us to build these great boats and secure the Governor’s Cup reputation as the finest youth match racing regatta in the world well into the future.”

His sentiments were echoed by long time BYC member and Newport Beach resident, Jack Croul who, with his wife Kingsley, christened the first boat “King-King”, “Kingsley and I were happy to help the 2002-03 campaign but perhaps are even more excited to assist in the building of these fantastic boats.”

BYC Member, two-time Governor’s Cup winner and former America’s Cup tactician Andy Rose, who led the fundraising effort for both fleets of Governor’s Cup boats, was also proud of the many partnerships involved in the building and equipping of the boats, “This was an all-American effort with the boats built locally by Westerly Marine of Santa Ana, California, one of the finest custom boat builders in the United States with other U.S. companies providing sails, rigs, running and standing rigging and other components at substantial discounts. Our partners include: Gougeon Brothers; North Sails; Hall Spars; Samson Cordage; Harken Marine and Foam Molders of Southern California.”

NBSSA president Law added, “We also must thank BYC member Randy Moreno who has dedicated countless hours as project manager and fellow member Lewis Beery who has assisted in all facets of this project from the beginning and is also a major donor”.


GCM Mariners Diary 2020 - FOOTERBoat Books Australia FOOTERWebasto AUS 2020 FOOTER 1

Related Articles

The Whitbread Round the World Race 1981-82
Official Film as Conny van Rietschoten returns to defend his title Conny van Rietschoten returned to the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981-82 determined not just to defend his title but to win both line honours on every leg, and the overall race on handicap.
Posted on 4 Apr
52 Super Series sailors and crew doing their bit
Groups and individuals are engaged in making protective clothing and masks Sailors and shore crew from the wider 52 Super Series family are putting their skills - and in many cases their hardware - to good use helping support the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted on 4 Apr
2021 Transpac now open for entries
LA to Honolulu Transpac is now open for entry The Transpacific Yacht Club is pleased to announce the next 2021 edition of the LA to Honolulu Transpac is now open for entry. This will be the 51st edition of this 2225-mile biennial ocean racing classic first raced in 1906
Posted on 4 Apr
The top of New York Yacht Club American Magic tech
A look inside the Challenger for the 36th America's Cup "It's the people behind the sailors, the people behind the tech, the people behind the design team. Anything that can make the boat faster is a go."
Posted on 4 Apr
The unstoppable journey - 2021
The Clipper 2019-20 Race will resume in early 2021 The Clipper 2019-20 Race will resume in early 2021 to complete the final three legs and the full circumnavigation.
Posted on 4 Apr
Introducing the eWASZP Race Hub
eLearning Hub will provide short courses and lectures We are living an alternate lifestyle and our mantra at WASZP has always been that we want to provide the best experiences possible for all our customers/sailors no matter what situation you are in. We will continue to do this.
Posted on 4 Apr
Grass-roots volunteering at Drummoyne Sailing Club
Helping to rejuvenate the lower car park You couldn't get much more grass-roots than this! Volunteers at Drummoyne Sailing Club in Sydney have taken advantage of the enforced break in club activities (in groups of two as required for social distancing) to help rejuvenate the lower car park.
Posted on 3 Apr
RORC Time Over Distance LIVE - Episode 1
RORC Lockdown Live Series opens with Brian Thompson Interview with Briton Brian Thompson who has broken 33 world sailing records! Featuring videos and live commentary about his astounding career.
Posted on 3 Apr
Best drone shots from The Ocean Race!
Sit back, relax and enjoy 10 minutes of incredible video Sit back, relax and enjoy 10 minutes of incredible drone shots from the toughest test of a team in sport – The Ocean Race!
Posted on 3 Apr
Adventures Weekly with Jesús Renedo
Sailing Energy photographer is the special guest direct from Palma Nic Douglass welcomed Jesús Renedo from Sailing Energy as the special guest direct from Palma, Mallorca in Spain - one of the hardest countries hit from Covid-19.
Posted on 3 Apr