One of the premier American match racing events, this championship is by qualification through a series of events run throughout the country. Winners go on to Grade 1 and 2 match racing events. In even years, it is also the regional qualifier for the Nations Cup.
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