BYC’s Killian up 2-0 in semifinal with Weis in 51st Governor’s Cup

Sailing, Sports, Yachting — By on July 22, 2017 at 9:09 AM

“Balboa Yacht Club’s Christophe Killian (USA) with crew members, Harrison Vandervort and Jack Martin” Credit: Tom Walker Photography

Price and Takahashi tied in second semifinal

NEWPORT BEACH, CA Friday, July 21, 2017 – Christophe Killian of host Balboa Yacht Club won
two semi-final races today in the Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship against Christopher Weis of Del Rey Yacht Club, Marina del Rey, California. If he wins one more race in the semis, which will continue tomorrow in Pacific Ocean waters off Newport Beach, California, Killian will be in his first GovCup final.

Meanwhile, Harry Price, pre-regatta favorite and World Sailing’s number six ranked match racing
skipper, was having a more difficult time with eighteen-year-old opponent from New Zealand. They
finished the day with one win each. Leonard Takahashi actually led in their first race until the last
downwind leg when Price, sailing consistently faster downwind, eked out a win. Takahashi had gained
the lead from the start after an uncharacteristic mistake by Price who was “OCS” or on the course side
of the starting line when the gun went off, and had to sail back under the line before he could proceed
up the course.

In the second race, Takahashi protected the favored right side of the course on the upwind leg and
avoided mistakes on both downwind legs for a one and one half boat length win. Meanwhile, though
the races between Killian and Weis were close, with Weis actually holding a lead for two legs of the
course in their second race, Killian’s downwind tactics and sail handling by his experienced crew of
Harrison Vandervort and Jack Martin carried the day.

The semifinalists earned their berths based on the results of a double round robin series of matches
during which each skipper sailed against each other skipper twice. Price led at the end of the round
robins and had the right to pick his semi-final opponent. Not surprisingly, he chose the youngest of the
four, hoping his greater experience would overcome Takahashi’s obvious talent. That certainly worked
in the first race but Takahashi learned a lot and changed his tactics in order to tie up the series in the
second race.

Conditions were virtually perfect with six to seven knots of wind for the last races of the round robin
and ten knots in the two semifinal races completed today. Tomorrow’s forecast is similar for the
completion of the semifinals and the final match for the Governor’s Cup. The fifth through twelfth place
finishers continue to sail best of three series for each place with fifth sailing against sixth, seventh
versus eighth, etc. Final standings for the Governor’s Cup for the non-semifinalists (and points for
World Sailing rankings) will be based on the finish of those series.

Live streaming of the racing on Saturday at 1200 (12:00 PM PDT), will be available on
Facebook.com/balboayachtclub with commentators Andy Rose, former America’s Cup tactician and
two-time GovCup winner, and Tom Ehman, veteran America’s Cup manager.

About the Governor’s Cup: Balboa Yacht Club has been hosting the Governor’s Cup since 1967
when then California Governor Ronald Reagan donated the trophy emblematic of this prestigious and
longest running international youth match racing championship. Raced off Newport Beach in the
Pacific Ocean July 17-22, 2017, this year’s 51st edition is sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank,
and features 12 teams of the worlds top youth match racers, this year representing AUS, GBR, NZL
and USA. More information:

Website: www.govcupracing.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/bycgovcup/
Livestream coverage: www.facebook.com/balboayachtclub/ (live racing coverage on Friday and
Saturday beginning at 1200 (12:00 PM PDT)
Live post-race show at 1700 (5:00 PM PDT) on www.facebook.com/balboayachtclub/

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