The final races were close, with Chris Steele of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron winning the first race. Sam Gilmour and his team Adam Negri and Chris Smith, from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club came back strong, winning the next three races and so first place. The team, also known as Neptune Racing, can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.
The race between San Diego Yacht Club and the host team of Balboa Yacht Club tied after two races. BYC’s Ryan Davidson was able to defeat AJ Reiter and his team from San Diego by more than a boat length in a close fought third race. The cheers from the nearby observers were loud and strong. All but one of the skippers hopes to return next year. Chris Steele will no longer be eligible as the racers must be under 21 to participate. Click for the full results
On Saturday and Sunday, live commentary was provided by Andy Rose who won the Gov Cup in 1969 and 1970.
The winner of the sought after Sportsmanship Award was the team from San Francisco Yacht Club, Scott Buckstaff, Corey Lynch and James Moody. The voting was very close since all the teams demonstrated real sportsmanship. The Perpetual trophy is named for Chet Purcell, one of the founders of the Governor’s Cup Challenge. His son, Staff Commodore Tom Purcell presented the award.
Reiter and his SDYC team of Storm Brown and David Larson had no wins on the first day but came from behind on the second day, ending up tied for fourth. They learned a lot and became more familiar with the boat. Then they won the tie breaker since they had the better record so were able to compete on the final day. Congratulations on a remarkable comeback.
The final day of the competition, the weather man threatened thunder storms but they did not appear. The occasional light rain did not discourage the racers. The four boats were towed out accompanied by an extensive spectator fleet. The wind came from the southwest at about 6 knots. There was short chop and waves about three feet apart. A short course was set up with about two miles to the weather mark. Temperature was in the low 70’s (Fahrenheit) throughout the day.