U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship – Day 2 Report

Chubb JrCorona del Mar, Calif. (June 20, 2015) – It was an action packed Saturday off the coast Newport Beach today as the 12 teams competing at the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championships got a full day of racing in. The table has been set for Sunday’s final series. The Balboa Yacht Club will defend the Rose Cup against the team from the San Diego Yacht Club in Sunday’s final.

The defending champions from Balboa Yacht Club (Calif.), Christophe Killian, Harrison Vandervort and Jack Martin were defeated just once through 11 flights in the Robin Robin stage to take the number one seed into the quarterfinals. They dispatched of the team skippered by William Curtiss from the Chicago Yacht Club (Ill.), 2-0. They went on to defeat skipper Nicolas Sertl of the Rochester Yacht Club (N.Y.), 2-0, in the semifinal.

The San Diego Yacht Club’s (Calif.) Scott Sinks, Andy Reiter and Storm Brown edged skipper Christopher Weis of Del Rey Yacht Club (Calif.), 2-1, to earn the right to challenge Killian on Sunday. Sinks was 8-3 in the Round Robin stage. They defeated skipper Sean Cornell of Centerpointe Yacht Club (N.Y.), 2-0, in the quarterfinal.

Complete Standings & Results

Saturday Morning Update

On the first day of racing, Nicholas Sertl and his team from Rochester, New York, demonstrated the difference a little experience makes when he had had four losing races and then came back to win the next four. The wind had become stronger as well which would be more like conditions in upper New York State.

The teams were on the course and ready at 11 am. The seas were lumpy and the wind at five knots. The regatta format begins with the Round Robin, which pits each team against every other team in a match race. Then the top 8 teams go into the Quarterfinals, while the bottom four teams compete in a knock-out series for places 9 to 12.  The four winners of the Quarterfinals go into the Semi-finals.  The two winners of the Semi-finals go into the Finals to decide the champion. The two losers compete to decide places 3 and 4.

There are two race committees, on two different courses which speeds up the match racing experience since only two teams are in each match.  The Chief Principal Race Officer (PRO) is Bruce Greene, while Steve Kent and Summer Greene each head up the Race Committee on each of the two RC boats. Umpires follow each match to make sure the rules of match racing are followed. The umpires have come from all over the country to volunteer their time and knowledge for the event.

– Nancy Mellon, Balboa Yacht Club

Media & Coverage

Social Media Highlights from Saturday



Sailing with friends! @peawilly #rosecup15


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What’s on the line?

  • The top three skippers will receive an automatic invitation to the 49th annual Governor’s Cup to be held at Balboa Yacht Club on July 20-25, 2015.
  • The top finishing skipper will qualify for the Oakcliff Sailing (NY) Halloween Invitational in Match 40s on October 30 to November 1, 2015.

Event Schedule

  • Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21: First Signal for racing scheduled for 11:00 am PDT.

Racing Format and Venue

  • The venue will be the Pacific Ocean off Newport Beach, California.
  • Teams are racing the Governor Cup 21.
  • The course will be windward/leeward with starboard roundings, downwind finish, and a gate for the leeward roundings.
  • Stage 1: Round Robin
  • Stage 2: Quarterfinals/Semifinals/Final Knockout Series and Consolation Races


  • The Rose Cup is the perpetual trophy presented to the winning team.
  • US Sailing medals will be awarded to the competitors who finish first through third.
  • The Nick Scandone Sportsmanship Award is the perpetual trophy presented for good sportsmanship.

The U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship is sponsored by US Sailing national sponsors Gill North America and Switlik. This championship is supported locally by sponsors Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association, North U, Harken, Maritime Sciences & Seamanship Foundation, Cannon Building, Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets, Island Marine Fuel and William’s Electric.

Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, jakefish@ussailing.org

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About Switlik
Established in 1920, Switlik Parachute Co. has been owned and operated by the Switlik family for four generations and is known worldwide as a manufacturer of the highest quality sewn and heat sealed inflatable safety and survival products for the aviation, marine, and military/government markets. Our capabilities include a wide variety of anti-exposure and anti-g suits, inflatable life rafts, inflatable life vests, inflation systems and other specialty textile-based military equipment all manufactured at our 85,000 sq. ft facility located in Trenton, NJ USA. www.switlik.com