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This year's Governor's Cup
Join us this year, July 20 - 25 for the 54th annual Governor's Cup. Teams from all over the world are once again coming to BYC to try to win this prestigious youth match racing regatta. We'll kick the week off with a Welcome Dinner on Monday, July 20, open to members and non-members. Racing will take place Tuesday - Saturday, making for an exciting week! Friday after the races, BYC will host a special reception and press conference for the teams, members, and non-members. This is another great event you won't want to miss. We'll wrap the week up with the final day of races followed by a trophy presentation and reception once everyone comes back from out on the water.
Why the Governor's Cup Matters
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 as you saw during
the alumni events in 2016.
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.
For members who volunteer for the Gov Cup, it has its special rewards
in helping every year putting on the finest regatta of its type in the
world—and the oldest. But it also makes us unique! No other club in
recent memory has designed and built a fleet of purpose built boats best
suited for their area and we are about to do it again. No other club
gets frequent visits from the America’s Cup. And, few clubs can
celebrate over fifty years of international regattas like this!
In the Beginning...
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. 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.