Balboa Yacht Club strives to make the community a better place. From the annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival and Governor's Cup Regatta in the summer, to the annual CHOC Regatta in the fall, and our collaboration with the 1/1 Marines and the Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation throughout the year, BYC can be found pulling the community in.
In just five years,
the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival, a Balboa Yacht Club event, has grown
into a must-see event for residents and tourists alike. It is a Concours d
’Elegance of yachting, showcasing the most diverse and valuable collection of
wooden boats in California. This free event, which is open to the public, has
been named “Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival Weekend” by the County of Orange
in perpetuity. The vision of its founder, the late Ralph Rodheim, was to be a
legacy event with national stature and the finest showcase of wooden boats on
the west coast in the similar luxury class of Pebble Beach for automobiles. The
Festival salutes the passion, time and effort the owners have put into their
vessels to preserve the heritage and timelessness of seafaring adventure.
Last year nearly 4,000 visitors attended the
free event, which also offers complimentary shuttle and water taxi service to
and from Balboa Yacht Club. In addition
to being able to view and board nearly 50 of these wooden treasures, there will
be so much else to make Saturday a fun day for the whole family: live music, maritime art and exhibits, delicious
food and libations, a silent auction, and the very popular kids toy boat building
pavilion. All of this at Balboa Yacht
Club in collaboration with its strategic alliance partners, Discovery Cube’s Ocean
Quest, The Balboa Bay Club & Resort, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, the City
of Newport Beach, the County of Orange, and Visit Newport/Newport Beach & Co.
July 17 - 21 at Balboa Yacht Club
Why does the Governor’s Cup matter?
The easiest answer is “the kids” and that includes not only the
competitors but also the young people serving as boat hostesses and
hosts, and younger BYC Junior Program members with big dreams.
But to the extent that one of the objectives of the Balboa Yacht Club
is to “give back’ to the sport we love, the Governor’s Cup fills that
bill “in spades.” It has helped start the careers of many of the world’s
most successful sailors. But even more importantly, it has helped
develop life-long friendships among the competitors.
And, as any of you who have attended a “Gov Cup” can attest, it
renews your faith in young people from all over the world. These are
engaged, smart and personable competitors who are a credit to their
clubs and countries.
In the beginning...
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. 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.
The Governor’s Cup has a special relationship with the America’s Cup
with the latter having visited Balboa Yacht Club during “Gov Cup Week”
twice in recent years. Norbert Bajurin, Commodore of the current holder
of the America’s Cup, said it best, “The Governor’s Cup is the America’s
Cup for youth.”
Truer words were never spoken. BYC can be very proud of this
illustrious history and its alumni from fourteen countries and
territories around the world. When you watch this and every year’s
Governor’s Cup, you are seeing some of the future stars of the sport.
Twilights and BeerCans
Every Wednesday during the summer, Balboa Yacht Club host the Twilight Series; every Thursday, the BeerCan series.
Join us out on the water!