NEWPORT BEACH — World Sailing has announced Balboa Yacht Club will host the 2017 Youth Match Racing Worlds, continuing in its strong history of hosting such Youth Match Racing regattas.
Balboa YC is the founder and host of the oldest continually held Youth Match Race event in the world, the Governor’s Cup, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in July 2016. In honor of that milestone, the club’s members and friends funded the design and construction of 12 new Governor’s Cup 22s, which will be first used in event and in next year’s World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship.
Head of Events at World Sailing, Alastair Fox said, “Balboa YC has a proven track record of holding a successful Youth Match Racing regatta and is a fantastic venue to hold our fourth edition of these World Championships.
“World Sailing looks forward to working with Balboa YC and have no doubt that both the club and California will impress all competitors involved, especially with the use of the new anniversary yachts,” Fox added.
The new boats to be used in the World Championship are high performance, three or four person sloops designed by noted yacht designer Alan Andrews and feature flat top mains, carbon fiber rigs, fractional rigs with masthead spinnakers.
The choice of venue was made by an Evaluation Panel who reviewed applications received in October 2015. The panel then made their recommendation to World Sailing’s Executive Committee who endorsed the recommendation.