CORONA DEL MAR — Skipper Dave Perry of Southport, Conn. won his fourth U.S. Match Racing Championship on a sunny, windy Sunday afternoon off Newport Beach.
Perry, with crew Mark Rehe (Harper Woods, Mich.) and Chris Museler (Portsmouth, R.I.) defeated Taylor Canfield (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) in the finals Sunday, 2-0, to claim his fourth Prince of Wales Bowl. The four-day U.S. Sailing National Championship was hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar.
Perry advanced to the finals after edging skipper Chris Nesbitt (San Diego) earlier in the day in six thrilling matches. After winning the first match, Nesbitt battled back to win the next two. In match three, a 0.75 penalty deduction was applied to Perry for causing boat damage during contact on a Rule 14 violation by Nesbitt. Perry was forced to win three straight matches to advance, which his team achieved due to their great starts. Team Perry went 14-5 during the week overall.