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.
July 15 - 20 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!
Hop in a dinghy and lend a hand to clean up the harbor!
This event is in association with the Ben Carlson Foundation.
Click here for Ben's story and here for the foundation's mission.
Balboa Yacht Club 20th annual CHOC Regatta
November 2 - 3, 2019
This regatta at BYC benefits CHOC Glass Slipper Guild.
Join us for a two-day sailing and community event raising funds for CHOC Children's.
Admission is free: pick a day to come and play!
BYC Maritime Sciences & Seamanship Foundation
The mission of the BYC MSSF is to engage in activities supporting scientific and educational purposes, including the development of yachting and seamanship. Over the years, the Foundation’s support has enabled many individuals to pursue their goals ranging from learning to sail all the way to pursuit of Olympic Gold. Through Foundation grants, sailors young and old are able to realize their goals and dreams on the water.
The Foundation was started in 2000 and quickly found success in its support of Nick Scandone, a Newport Beach sailor whose pursuit of Olympic Gold in 2008 became an inspiration for sailors worldwide. Nick was diagnosed with ALS in 2002, and focused all his energy on winning an Olympic gold medal. He realized his dream in Beijing, taking the gold in the SCUD 18 class along with crew Maureen McKinnon-Tucker. The Foundation is proud of its involvement in Nick’s campaign, and continues to help others like him in pursuit of their dreams.
Join us next time!
NEWPORT BEACH WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
JUNE 2020 AT BALBOA YACHT CLUB
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 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. This year nearly 4,000 visitors attended the 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 was 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.