for the Prince of Wales Bowl
St Francis Yacht Club – San Francisco, CA
October 3-5, 2014
- Notice of Race revised September 15, 2014
- NOR Amendment 1 posted September 16, 2014
- Sailing Instructions posted September 30, 2014
- SI Amendment 1 posted October 2, 2014
- SI Amendment 2 posted October 3, 2014
- SI Amendment 3 posted October 4, 2014
- ISAF Match Racing Rankings
- Conditions for the Championship
Taking a deep breath after winning his second U.S. Match Racing Championship, Nathan Hollerbach allowed, “Going five races deep against Dave Dellenbaugh in the Final was stressful, I won’t kid you. This was the most competitive match racing I’ve ever had.”
With courses set along the San Francisco cityfront, under the windows of host St. Francis Yacht Club, the windward-leeward legs were either with or against currents that topped two knots in all three days of racing. Ebb currents were especially taxing because weather mark roundings compressed the distance between boats, and the counter-current extended time on the leg. “Racing downwind against the current was just exhausting,” Hollerbach said. “In that, you have to stay calm and not be your own worst enemy when you see the other guy catch a puff. I swear, this took a few years off my life.”
About the Championships
Match Racing competition for the Prince of Wales Bowl started in 1931 at the Arcadia Yacht Club under the sponsorship of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Similar to the Sir Thomas Lipton Cups, there are numerous ‘Prince of Wales Bowls’ in competition among yacht clubs in North America. In 1937, it was permanently retired by the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Massachusetts in the days when the club had so much talent, e.g. the Besse brothers, John H. (Jack) Ware, Kingman Brewster, Frank Jewett, Jr. (who sailed in the singlehanded class in 1936 Olympics) that its members drew lots to see who would compete in which NAYRU championship. It is fitting that the helmsman of the 1934 POW winning crew, Frank Jewett, Jr. was instrumental in persuading the Club in 1965 to restore the Bowl to active competition as a perpetual trophy for the Southern Massachusetts Yacht Racing Association’s interclub match racing championship.
In 1967, Mr. Jewett requested the Southern Massachusetts Yacht Racing Association’s Executive Committee to open up the event for the first North American interclub match racing championship. Jewett became the first chairman of the NAYRU POW Committee. Under his leadership, conditions and courses were refined in ways that affected events such as the America’s Cup by, for example, drastically shortening the length of the starting line for match racing. The Championship no doubt had an influence on the special section of the racing rules for match racing.
In 1975, the event grew still further to become the U.S. Match Racing Championship.
Championship Facts & Features
- San Francisco Bay city front, San Francisco, CA.
- The competition is between yacht clubs and not between specifically designated persons. Each member of
the crew must be a member of US Sailing and of a sailing organization that is a US Sailing member, except
that participants from other countries shall either be members of US Sailing or be members of their ISAF
recognized national authority for sailing.
- The event will consist of the following stages:
Stage 1 – Preliminary Round Robin Racing
Stage 2 – Semi Final/Final Knock-out Series
Prince of Wales Bowl
Notice of Race