The Governor’s Cup
California Governor (later US President) Ronald Reagan granted the Deed of Gift for the Governor’s Cup to Balboa Yacht Club in 1967 "for the purpose of encouraging Youth Racing in the State of California and the recognition of the skill and high performance of those men and women under twenty years of age..." As an invitation only match racing regatta, the Governor’s Cup was established by the late Chet and Glee Purcell. Mr. and Mrs. Purcell had a vision that a national match racing competition should be created for younger sailors similar in format to the internationally recognized Congressional Cup Regatta.
As the years progressed, the Governor’s Cup grew in popularity with its first international team participating in 1989. Since then teams from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Finland and Spain have participated and become regular entrants and often multiple winners. This year, New Caledonia will field a team for the first time in Cup history. The Cup has served as a gateway for future champions in collegiate competition, the Olympics, Congressional Cup, Swedish Match Tour and numerous America’s Cups. Past participants include reigning America’s Cup winning skippe, James Spithill, and other greats including John Kostecki, Paul Cayard, Morgan Larson, Argyle Campbell, Mark Christensen, Dean Barker, Morgan Trubovich, Gavin Brady, Paul Campbell-James, Cameron Appleton and Tim Wardlow.
Read Andy Rose's Governor’s Cup History…a Personal Perspective for more insight into the Cup's origins and history.
Meet past Gov Cup sailors who have gone on to world renown careers after their Gov Cup experiences:
Pathway for Champions