Balboa Yacht Club

History/Background

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. Two new countries will be represented in 2010, Ireland and Argentina. 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 this year’s America’s Cup winning helmsman and tactician, James Spithill and John Kostecki, and other greats including 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

Past Winners


1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

Argyle Campbell
Argyle Campbell
Andy Rose
Andy Rose
John Daigh
Curt Olsen
Bill Menninger
Mark Rastello
Steve Washburn
Steve Schock
Scott Mason
Brad Wheeler
Brad Wheeler
Jack Franco
Gordon Clute
Mike Pinckney
Mike Pinckney
Chris Redman
Chris Redman
Bart Hackworth
Geoff Becker
Jason Fain
Mark Christensen

BYC
BYC
BYC
BYC
NHYC
CYC
LAYC
BYC
LBYC
NHYC
BCYC
BYC
BYC
BYC
SFYC
BCYC
BCYC
ABYC
ABYC
SFYC
CpBYC
RYC
RNZYS

       

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012

Kelvin Harrap
Giselle Camet
Anthony Merrington
Tim Wadlow
Matt McQueen
Andy Estcourt
Steve Kleha
Tom Hebbert
Brian Bissell
Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell
Simon Minoprio
Paul Campbell-James
Seve Jarvin
Murray Gordon
Murray Gordon
Steven Natvig
Michael Menninger
Michael Menninger
William Tiller
William Tiller
Nevin Snow
Tim Coltman

RNZYS
SDYC
RPAYC
SWYC
StFYC
RNZYS
NHYC
BBSC
NHYC
KHYC
KHYC
RNZYS
RYA
CYCA
RPAYC
RPAYC
KHYC
NHYC
NHYC
RNZYS
RNZYS
SDYC
RPNYC


Abbreviations
Used

ABYC
BBSC
BCYC
BYC
CpBYC
CYC

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club
Bough Beech Sailing Club (UK)
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club
Balboa Yacht Club
Capistrano Bay Yacht Club
California Yacht Club

   

CYCA
StFYC
SDYC
SFYC
SWYC
KHYC
LAYC

Cruising Yacht Club (Aus)
St. Francis Yacht Club
San Diego Yacht Club
San Francisco Yacht Club
Southwestern Yacht Club
King Harbor Yacht Club
Los Angeles Yacht Club

   

LBYC
NHYC
RYC
RNZYS
RPAYC
RYA
RPNYC

Long Beach Yacht Club
Newport Harbor Yacht Club
Richmond Yacht Club
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (Aus)
Royal Yachting Association (UK)
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club