Day 2 Recap – 2018 U.S. Match Racing Championship

Photo by Francis George/Oakcliff Sailing


Day 2 Recap – Saturday, June 30

Notes from Day 2 of the 2018 U.S. Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup

  • Report by Francis George, Oakcliff Sailing

Day two of the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship began the same as the first day: an AP flag drooping under the hot summer sun. Despite the heat and lack of wind, there was certainly no lack of youthful exuberance among the sailors or coach Dave Perry.

“We’ve had a lot of long hours waiting for the wind but we kept each other laughing and had a lot of really good conversations,” said Jack Parkin’s pit person, Ashton Borcherding.

The breeze filled in at about 4pm with a shifty 4 knots gusting 6 from the South. In Flight 7 of the first Round Robin, Parkin and his team from Riverside Yacht Club (CT) duked it out with Cameron Feves and his team from Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club (CA). The two undefeated teams went toe to toe in a classic East Coast versus West Coast showdown. After an intense dog fight in the playground they started neck and neck on the line but it was Jack Parkin who took the win.

“Our winning strategy has been something Dave Perry says to us often: you can’t really win races, you lose them,” said Parkin. “Everybody is going to make mistakes so it’s about minimizing how big they are and how often they happen.”

Defending champion David Wood and his team from Balboa Yacht Club finally ended Jack Parkin’s winning streak in Flight 9.

“We saw some big pressure coming down from the left and we knew there was less current too,” said Wood’s bowman Daniel Pegg of their match against Parkin. “We thought we could dig into that lefty and ride the lift up to the weather mark so we went for it and it worked out.”

The third and final day of racing will commence Sunday, July 1 at 10:00 am. The current standings from Round Robin action are available at:

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The U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship is sponsored by Gill North America.