Last week (July 16 thru 21), my crew comprised of Johannes McElvain, Wade Waddell, and I traveled to Balboa Yacht Club to race in the 52nd Annual Governors Cup regatta. The regatta attracted twelve of the top youth match racers from around the world to compete for the prestigious Governor's Cup trophy. This year's event was heralded by many of the organizers as "the toughest" Governors Cup in history, as well as the top youth match race regatta in the world. The invitational regatta featured multiple top 50 ranked sailors, as well as the current #1 ranked match racer in the world. With such a competitive fleet, my team and I were excited to match up against the world’s best. The regatta was comprised of a practice day and opening ceremony followed by five long days of racing sailed off of the Newport pier. It was our teams first match race regatta sailed together, and my third Governors Cup as a competitor.
The format was set up as a double round robin, followed by a final 4 semi-final. We sailed well and minimized our mistakes during the first day to put us in a position to be in the final four if we sailed well in the second round robin.
Unfortunately, we had a few too many mistakes. In this deep of a fleet, you couldn't make any mistakes. We took away a ton of learning and had several high points upon which we will build, including winning individual matches against the top teams and the eventual Governor's Cup winner and the current #1 ranked match racer in the world. On the final day we fought with the Danish Team in the best 2 of 3. We were able to find our speed and make good decisions and ended up defeating the Danes 2-0.
The Governor's Cup regatta was a regatta unlike any other I have sailed. It was by far the most competitive match race I have sailed. Between the tough competition the new Gov Cup 22 boats, and the hospitality of Balboa Yacht Club, this regatta was definitely the most fun match race regatta I have sailed. It was an honor to represent San Diego Yacht Club this year. I look forward to representing SDYC at future regattas! Thank you so much SDYC membership and leadership for giving my team and I this fantastic opportunity.
Very truly yours,
Scott Sinks, Skipper