NEWPORT BEACH — Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s team beat the team from New York Yacht Club 2-0 in the finals to win the inaugural Balboa Yacht Club Team Race Invitational, on Sunday, Feb. 3 in Newport Beach, Calif.
With sunny weather on their side and four to six knots of breeze from the southwest, participating sailing fleets enjoyed racing on the course heldoff the Balboa Pier.
Although New York YC beat Newport Harbor YC in the prior match during the round robin, Newport Harbor YC’s team recovered to win the best of three final. In the second race, Newport’s team finished first, second, and third to clinch the regatta.
As a result of the round robin, Balboa YC came in third followed by San Diego YC in fourth. Other participating teams included California YC, who placed fifth and Annapolis YC earned sixth place.
Members of the Newport Harbor team included five former Governor Cup racers, Mikee Anderson, Brian Bissell, Clark Brooks, John Fuller and Robbie Radar. The New York YC team includes Derby Anderson of Georgetown, a two-time All American, and Farr 40 world champion; Garrett Woodworth a two-time All American, three time Baldwin Cup champ, British America Cup champion and Katie McDowell, a four-time All American who took home fifth place in the 2004 Olympics in the 470’s category.
Leading the Balboa YC team was Dave Ullman, Rolex Yachtsman of the year, among many other honors. All teams included many talented and honored racers.
Each team was comprised of nine racers divided into three separate teams, each with a skipper and two crew members. The teams worked together to achieve the best total score at the end of a race against competing teams.
The boats used in the regatta are the Governor’s Cup 21’s which were designed and built for the BYC Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Challenge.
More information can be found at, balboayachtclub.com.