SoCal junior sailors win Rose Cup

Orange County team edges other locals, competitors from Texas and East Coast.

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Balboa Yacht Club sailing team skippered by Corona Del Mar’s David Wood finished atop the leader board at the 2017 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship at Fort Worth Boat Club. The racing series, which netted the winning team a Rose Cup trophy, was held June 14-18 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wood’s Orange County based team capped off the five-day racing series with a come-from-behind win to claim the race’s Rose Cup. His teammates were Max Brennan of Newport Beach, Jeffery Petersen of Santa Ana and Catherine Reynolds of Costa Mesa.

The winning team actually started in the middle of the pack during the first stage’s round robin competition. Wood and his crew, however, began making up ground in the knock out stage, defeating a team helmed by San Diego’s Jack Reiter, 3-0, on June 17.

Sunday’s semifinal featured Wood’s Balboa YC team defeating the top-ranked team helmed by Porter Killian (Newport Beach), 3-1.

The final featured Wood’s team versus Jack Parkin (Riverside, Connecticut) and his teammates from Milton, Massachusetts (Christina Sakellaris) and Houston, Texas (Robbie Nicholls and Wiley Rogers).

Balboa YC’s team won the final, 3-0.

Complete results can be viewed on the U.S. Sailing or Regatta Network website.

Balboa Yacht Club photo

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