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Governor's Cup: SDYC comes alive

Sailing

Reiter completes amazing run to reach Saturday's semifinals, which also feature Steele, Gilmour and host Davidson.

July 19, 2013|By Steve Virgen

NEWPORT BEACH — The San Diego Yacht Club team of skipper A.J. Reiter, Storm Brown (middle) and David Larson (bow) has no qualms about being the Cinderella story of the 47th Governor's Cup.

"We're having a lot of fun with it actually," Reiter said Friday night after SDYC completed a miraculous run into Saturday's semifinals.

Reiter had lost his first seven races on Day One and then went 9-2 over the next two days.

"We've been quoting 'Caddyshack' all day, when Bill Murray says, 'what a Cinderella story,'" said Reiter, making reference to Murray's Carl Spackler commentating his own dream situation in the Masters just before rain falls, as he whacks at flowers.

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Reiter is on a much different course in Newport Beach, but he remains pleased as the Cinderella against the favored Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, skippered by Chris Steele.

Steele finished first after Friday's quarterfinal races and by virtue earned the right to select his opponent for his semifinal, which is a best-of-five series.

Steele said he'll choose Reiter.

"You can shoot yourself in the foot with who you choose because they are all strong teams," said Steele, who went undefeated in the quarterfinal round-robin series. "There's probably not a right answer. They're the safest one. If they beat 'ya, then they beat 'ya. We're not going to do anything silly and we're going to pick what you normally do."

The 12-team regatta is now basically a four-team junior match racing series that will be settled this weekend.

Ryan Davidson and host Balboa Yacht Club finished as the No. 3 team after the quarterfinals and will race against No. 2 Sam Gilmour's Royal Freshwater Bay of Australia in the semifinals.

Davidson, along with Brandon Folkman and Gregg Kent, is trying to end BYC's 33-year drought to win the Governor's Cup.

Gilmour went 6-1 in the quarterfinals, losing only to Steele. Davidson went 4-3 in the quarterfinals, falling to Steele, Gilmour and Reiter.

Reiter went 5-2 in the quarterfinals and had nine totals wins at the conclusion, tying with Will Holz's Chicago Yacht Club. But Reiter had beaten Holz during the quarterfinals to win the tiebreaker and advance. The finals are scheduled to take place on Sunday at noon.

Reiter reached the quarterfinals after winning the tiebreaker against Charlie LaLumiere's Portland Yacht Club (Maine) and Jack Thompson's Newport Harbor Yacht Club after the first-round round-robin series.

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