2020 Championship of Champions

Event Details

October 9, 2020 – October 11, 2020

Balboa Yacht Club
Corona del Mar, California

Competing for:

Results & Reports

Regatta Documents

Other Information

Previous Winners

  • 2023 – Peter Feldman – DragonFlite 95 RC
  • 2022 – Peter Keck – MC Scows
  • 2021 – Connor Blouin, Samuel Blouin, JoAnn Fisher – Lightnings
  • 2020 – Jake La Dow, Alexander Curtiss – Harbor 20s
  • 2019 – Dalton Bergan, Benjamin Glass – Ideal 18s
  • 2018 – Bill Draheim, Rod Favela – Raced in Y-Flyers
  • 2017 – Steve Benjamin, Christopher Larson, Phil Trinter – Raced in Sonars
  • 2016 – Paul Jon Patin – Raced in Sunfish
  • 2015 – Brad Funk, Trevor Burd – Raced in VX:One
  • 2014 – Mike Ingham, Delia Ingham,Dan Fien – Raced in Thistles
  • 2013 – Brian Keane, Steve Hunt, Victor Diaz De Leon – Raced in Lightnings
  • 2012 – Ed Eckert, Matthew Schmidt – C Scow- Raced in C Scows
  • 2011 – Andrew Eagan, Marcus Eagan – Flying Scot – Raced in Flying Scots
  • 2010 – Chris Raab, Robert Kinney – Mercury 18 – Raced in Ideal 18s
  • 2009 – Skip Dieball – Highlander Champion – Raced in Lightnings
  • 2008 – Doug Kaukeinen- Sunfish National Champion – Raced in Sunfish
  • 2007 – Ernesto Rodriguez and Megan Place – Snipe National Champion – Raced in Snipes
  • 2006 – Alan Field, Steve Hunt -Martin 242 Champions – Raced in Y Flyers
  • 2005 – Michael Ingham, E. Baker, Delia Ingham – Thistle N Champions – Raced in Flying Scots
  • 2004 – Michael Funsch, Jay Lurie – Vanguard 15 Champions- Raced in JY 15s
  • 2003 – Allen Terhune – Lightning Champions -Raced in MC Scows
  • 2002 – Bill Draheim, Natalie Mauney, Scott Mauney – Flying Scots – Raced in Flying Scots
  • 2001 – George Szabo, Brian Janney – Star
  • 2000 – Paul Foerster, Carrie Foerster – JY15
  • 1999 – John Mollicone, Danny Rabin – JY 15
  • 1998 – Kelly Gough, Heide Gough, Natalie Mauney – Flying Scots
  • 1997 – George Szabo, Stacey Dumain – Lido 14s
  • 1996 – George Szabo, Stacey Dumain – Lido 14s
  • 1995 – Brian Taboada, Larry Colantuano -Lightning – Ideal 18s
  • 1994 – Russell Robinson, Allan Robinson – 110
  • 1993 – Russell Robinson, Mike Considine – 110
  • 1992 – Paul Foerster – Flying Dutchman – raced in MC Scows
  • 1991 – Jamie McCreary – International One-Design
  • 1990 – Craig Leweck, Matt Reynolds – Lido 14
  • 1989 – Bart Hackworth, Will Baylis – Santana 20 – raced in One-Design 14
  • 1988 – Ed Adams, Meredith Adams – 1986 Champions
  • 1987 – Paul Forester, Andrew Goldman, Bill Draheim – Flying Dutchman
  • 1986 – Ed Adams, Meredith Adams, Geoff Moore – Snipe
  • 1985 – Steve Rosenberg, Brodie Cobb, Jim Brady – Snipe
  • 1984 – Riaz Latifullah, Barney Harris, Jud Smith – Albacore
  • 1983 – Hobie Alter, Jr., Scott Ward – Hobie 18
  • 1982 – John Kostecki – Sunfish
  • 1981 – John Kolius, Chuck Wilk, Mark Foster – J/24
  • 1980 – Dave Ullman, Jim Linskey – 470
  • 1979 – Hobie Alter, Jr., Christian Banks – Prindle 16
  • 1978 – Tom Linskey, Neal Fowler – Coronado 15
  • 1977 – Tom Linskey, Jeff Linehart – Coronado 15
  • 1976 Fall – Tom Ehman, Major Hall – Flying Scot
  • 1976 Spring – Clark Thompson, Jr., Doug Johnston, Lawrence Daniel – Ensign

  • Committee Chair: Shannon Bush
  • Event Chair: Walter Johnson
  • Committee List
  • US Sailing Representative
  • Housing:

    HOUSING: is not being provide by the Host due to Covid-19 related circumstances. They have however, offered the following discount at a nearby hotel.

      • Hotel Accommodations: The Host Committee at BYC has secured Group rates at the Ayers Hotel. Your special rate is $109 single/double, and includes comp parking, internet and shuttle to/from John Wayne airport. If the event is canceled or you are unable to attend at the last moment due to Covid-19 Related circumstances, the Hotel working with BYC to accommodate  special arrangements for this particular event should it arise.
      • Ayres Hotel shuttle service to and from the venue daily is being worked on, the hotel is also a short uber ride away so there is always that option.
      • To make reservations: Guests can use the link or call hotel direct at:714-549-0300 and ask for the Balboa Yacht Club Rate or book thru the link: 714-549-0300 and ask for the Balboa Yacht Club Rate Or Book online at

    Kara Kellogg/ Senior Sales Manager/Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport Beach/325 Bristol Street/Costa Mesa, California  92626/Tel: 714.549.0300  ext. 520/Fax: 714.549.3741/Email:


USSA Member Discounts: Travel, PFD, Sunglasses, more…

Hosting a US Sailing Championship

Competitor Waivers and Releases

About This Event

2020 C of C Class Boat: Harbor 20’s




2020 C of C RESULTS

Event Photography Provided by: Tom Walker Sailboat Racing and Fine Art Yacht Photography

Sailing Instruction Amendment 1– posted 10/10/2020 18:15

BOAT ROTATIONS – posted 10/11/2020

Competitor Meeting Minutes: THURSDAY  FRIDAY  SATURDAY  SUNDAY

C of C Schedule of Events


ATTENTION Pro Competitors: Per NOR 4.3. As this Championship is held in the Corinthian spirit of competition, no skipper or crew may be paid to sail in this event. Skipper and crew shall sign a declaration of compliance at registration check-in.

MASKS OR BUFFS  are a REQUIREMENT(noted in the SI’s: 1. Rules: 1.4.)

and are to be worn over the mouth and nose, at all times, while on the BYC grounds, on Docks, and moving from one boat to another. If at any time leading up to and during the event you or your crew feel ill, please notify race officials immediately, and excuse your selves from competition and the venue.

2020 Competitor Medical and Release Forms     2020 Cancellation Waivers

  • Those eligible to Apply, must be the winning one design class United States, North American or World Champion helms-person (from the U.S.A.) during the qualifying period.
  • Qualification Period: August 1, 2019 – August 9, 2020.
  • Eligible class champions may apply for this event by submitting an online Application for Invitation and non-refundable application fee of $50.00 before the 2020 event deadline- August 17, 2020.
    • Application/Invitation process:
      • Apply for an invitation
        • Applicants are encouraged to provide as much information as possible about their sailing career
      • After the Application Deadline closes- the CofC selection committee will review all eligible applications
      • All applicants will be notified by dates specified within the NOR via email of acceptance, wait-list placement or decline of acceptance-  The list will be posted on the event website
      • Invited sailors are to accept or decline invitation via email within terms listed within the invitation email. They are to move on to the registration phase by completing all online registration documents and make final registration entry fees by date specified within the NOR or in the invitation email
      • Wait-list Applicants will be emailed as movement is made from the invited sailors list.
  • Up to nineteen (19) applicants will be invited to attend this event. The twentieth (20th) competitor will be an invited Mystery Guest.
  • Eligible late entries may be accepted or invited at the discretion of the US Sailing Championship of Champions Committee.

Championship Facts

  • Racing will be limited to 19 invited competitors plus a “mystery guest”
  • The championship is held in a different class each year
  • Eligible competitors shall be 18 years or older at the time of the Championship of Champions event is held
  • The maximum number of crew aboard shall be 1 person
  • All competitors must be current members of US Sailing. Proof of membership will be requested upon application and registration USSA Member and Class Association Lookup Here
  • One design class association, represented by competitors, must be current members of US Sailing to be eligible for selection
  • The applicant must be a winning one design class United States, North American or World Champion helms-person
  • Eligible competitors shall normally sail in the U.S., be members of US Sailing and be members of a club, class or association affiliated with US Sailing
  • As this Championship is held in the Corinthian spirit of competition, no skipper or crew may be paid to sail in this event.
  • Boats are supplies and shall be new and identical when possible
  • The provided boat will be sailed in a “round robin” format
  • Classes in which the event has been held run the gamut from conventional to cutting edge and have included but not limited to:
  • Invited helms have included the winner of the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, Olympians, and other sailing luminaries:
    • Cory Sertl 2019
    • Megan Ploch 2018
    • Steve Benjamin 2017
    • Paul-Jon Patin 2016
    • Brad Funk 2015
    • Greg fisher 2014
    • Betsy Alison 2013
    • Bora Gulari 2012
    • Bruce Kirby 2010
    • Paul Cayard 2009
    • Sally Barkow 2006



2020 Championship of Champions photos courtesy of Tom Walker Sailboat Racing and Fine Art Yacht Photography:
2020 Championship of Chamions Balboa Yacht Club/ Oct 8-11

Championship History

Inaugurated in 1976, US Sailing selects up to nineteen competitors who are current national,  North American, or World champions of their respective classes. Eligible are sailors who normally sail in the U.S., are members of US Sailing and are members of a club, class or association affiliated with US Sailing.

The Championship is named in honor of Jack Brown who was noted for his service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing Committees.