San Diego YC in charge at Governor's Cup

San Diego sits alone in first after third day of five-day Gov Cup. Five teams tied for second.

July 20, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

NEWPORT BEACH — The oldest active trophy in international sports was at the same yacht club that plays host to the oldest youth regatta in the U.S.

The America's Cup met the Governor's Cup at the Balboa Yacht Club on Friday.

Many of the sailors who have competed in the Governor's Cup have gone on to compete in the America's Cup and a couple of them have won it. Someone joked that if you don't win the Governor's Cup as a youngster, you have a good shot later in life in winning one of the most prestigious trophies in the world.

Skipper Nevin Snow didn't hear the joke that the winner of past Governor's Cup races has been cursed when it comes to claiming the America's Cup. He was sailing with his San Diego Yacht Club crew.


Snow is trying to become the 10th two-time winner in the history of the 46th annual Governor's Cup. He is getting close to his goal as Snow has San Diego Yacht Club in position to contend for a second straight Governor's Cup title.

He and his crew claimed three of five quarterfinal races in round-robin action on Friday. San Diego Yacht Club remains the leader of the 21-and-under event.

The quarterfinals will continue on Saturday for the top eight teams. Each team has two races left before the semifinals get underway on the same day.

The last two quarterfinal races will be huge because they determine the four teams moving on to the semifinals. Outside of the top team, San Diego Yacht Club, which has a 12-4 overall record, five teams have identical 10-6 records.

The five teams knotted in second place are host Balboa Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron of Australia, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club of New Zealand.

The biggest surprise on the third day was the showing by a favorite, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. The crew dropped its first three quarterfinal races before taking its final two.

The start to the quarterfinals turned out to be a struggle for Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, which is coming off a recent runner-up finish at the Chicago Match Cup, a stop in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

The skipper for Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is Jordan Reece. He's No. 16 on the International Sailing Federation World Open Match Race Rankings of all the skippers in the 12-crew competition.

The skipper with the second-best ranking is Snow at No. 31.

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