U.S. Match Racing Championship

for the Prince of Wales Bowl

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St Francis Yacht Club – San Francisco, CA
October 3-5, 2014

Regatta Documents

Final Report

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.”

Full Report


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

  • J/22
  • 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

Championship Awards

Price of Wales Bowl

Prince of Wales Bowl

Previous Winners

USARegions

Area A

Notice of Race

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Registration

Area B

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Area C

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Triplehanded

Area D

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Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Area E

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Area F

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Area G

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Area H

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Area J

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Area K

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

Area L

Singlehanded

Doublehanded

Triplehanded

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