Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Oct-Nov 2015
YOUTH SAILING ACADEMY 014 ©LONGPREPHOTOS Heading into the final day of the Governor’s Cup, Harry Price said he wasn’t sure what to expect. The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia skipper was talking about his team’s 2-1 deficit in the best-of-five semi finals against Balboa Yacht Club, the home team skippered by Christophe Killian. The uncertainty seemed to intensify in the CYCA’s first race for the Cup, as BYC got off to a strong start and a solid lead. But Price, with middle Angus Williams and bow Tara Blanc- Ramos, made sure their story would not end there. They battled their way back to win the race by an impressive margin considering how far back they had been, Price said. The win fed CYCA confidence and the team from Sydney continued losing just once in the finals to capture the Governor’s Cup, the prestigious international youth match racing regatta (21 and under). Price, 19, said his team’s experience helped in the finals as the CYCA defeated fellow Australian Lachy Gilmour of Royal Freshwater Bay (Perth, Australia), 3-1, in a best-of-five. Gilmour is in his first year of match racing and the Governor’s Cup was his team’s first regatta away from Perth. Killian, along with middle Harrison Vandervort and bow Jack Martin, earned third place for the second straight year. “It wasn’t easy,” Price said of capturing the Cup trophy, the CYCA’s first since 2003. “Even after the regatta, coming back in I just couldn’t believe it. Every minute or so I was just saying to my crew, ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ Incredible.” Price won the first race of the finals, but Gilmour responded with a victory. Gilmour said it was a close race in the Royal Freshwater win. Price came right back with a dominant win. “The big thing was they just kept calm under pressure,” said Jay Griffin, the CYCA coach. “There were a few times when they might not have been in the lead. But they just chipped away and relied on their boat speed and went from there to get back in the lead.” The finals and Price’s performance seemed overwhelming for the young Gilmour. “Apart from losing to one of our Australian mates, Harry, we are actually pretty stoked to come away with second for our first international regatta,” he said. “It’s another sign that shows we are making progress.” Gilmour, 18, was doing his best to follow in his brother Sam’s footsteps, as he had won the past two Governor’s Cup titles. Royal Freshwater Bay earned the top seed out of the quarterfinals and chose to race against Chris Weis of Del Rey Yacht Club. After finishing third in last year’s Governor’s Cup and winning the Rose Cup for the second straight year, Killian had plenty of confidence coming into the 49th Cup. They believed they had a great opportunity to end BYC’s 35-year drought, considering that Sam Gilmour and Nevin Snow (San Diego), last year’s finalists, had aged out of the regatta. Results • Killian beat Weis, 2-0, in the best- of-three petit final. • Jack Thompson of Newport Harbor Yacht Club finished eighth in the 12-team regatta. • Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (Leonard Fry) earned fifth place. • Royal New Southern Yacht Club of the United Kingdom (Annabel Vose) took sixth. • San Diego Yacht Club (Scott Sinks) was seventh, while San Diego Yacht Club’s AJ Reiter took ninth. • Cerle Nautique Caledonien (Lucas Chatonnier) came in 10th. • Chicago Yacht Club (Will Curtiss) was 11th • Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (Sarah Parker) was 12th. • Chicago Yacht Club’s Curtiss, Rose Edwards and Wade Wagner received the Purcell Sportsmanship Award. GOVERNOR’S CUP Another win for the CYCA The CYCA has won the 49th annual Governor’s Cup, reports Steve Virgen. HEADS HELD HIGH Angus Williams, Tara Blanc-Ramos and Harry Price have won the Governor’s Cup for the CYCA for the first time since 2003.
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