GovCup 2018 Final

Saturday On The Water PhotosPHOTO OF THE DAY – Harry Price with the red spinnaker (AUS) bested Leonard Takahashi in
the blue spinnaker (NZL) at the 52nd annual Governor’s Cup presented by Farmers &
Merchants Bank and hosted by Balboa Yacht Club.Saturday On The Water PhotosPHOTO OF THE DAY – Harry Price with the red spinnaker (AUS) bested Leonard Takahashi in the blue spinnaker (NZL) at the 52nd annual Governor’s Cup presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank and hosted by Balboa Yacht Club.

Price Takes Takahashi and Governor’s Cup 2018
NEWPORT BEACH, CA (Saturday, July 21, 2018) – Cementing his position atop the world of
match-race sailing, Harry Price (AUS, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) showed his prowess in
boat handling and tactics in a challenging 3-2 win over 20th ranked Leonard Takahashi (NZL,
Royal New Zealand YS) in the 2018 Governor’s Cup.
The final day of racing started with the same four sailors as last year’s semi-finals. But at the end
of the day, it was not Killian and Takahashi, as in 2017, but Price and Takahashi facing off in the
finals.
With strong winds and a sizeable ground swell, making a big impact on sailing and rigging, Price
and Takahashi traded victories after two races. But in race number three, after a close start and
both sailors beating hard off the line on starboard tack, Price suddenly found himself with half a
mast. With Takahashi looking on, umpires quickly signaled the black flag, indicating that
Takahashi would claim the race.
After both skippers moved to new boats, Price was trailing 1-2, needing a win to stay in the hunt
for his second GovCup championship. After tenuous jockeying, both sailors started on the line on
starboard tack. After Price tacked away for clear air, Takahashi and Price met again and again in
a tacking duel to the windward mark. Managing a slight advantage, Price made the turn first, then
used expert jibing to increase his lead to three boat lengths at the leeward mark. With both
skippers staying left on the final upwind leg, Price maintained the lead at the turn and on the final
leg to pull even with Takahashi at 2-2.
In the deciding race, the start is another example of amazing match racing tactic, with Price
chasing Takahashi through the spectator fleet. Unable to achieve an overlap, both sailors reached
the line together for a last dial-up, Takahashi nearly got stuck in “coffin corner,” but escaped as
Price tacked away on starboard tack. At the first cross, Takahashi had the lead, crossing ahead of
Price. But instead of covering, he allowed Price to go right in clear air. This might have been the
decision of the race as Price managed to force Takahashi to tack at the next crossing. At the
windward mark, Price extended a small lead with an expert spinnaker set, while Takahashi
struggled to set his chute. At the gate, Prices’ advantage grows, as it does again at the last
windward mark. Little changed on the downwind leg, as Price claimed his second GovCup
championship, securing his place among some of the best sailors in the world.
Christophe Killian (USA, College of Charleston YC) sailed past Christopher Weis (USA, Del Rey
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YC) 2-1 in the Petit Final having put Weis in the “coffin corner” at the start of their race, leaving
Weis with little speed and two penalties to give. Weis never recovered.
In consolation racing, sailing was decisive for the remainder of the fleet:
1 Price
2 Takahashi
3 Killian
4 Weis
5 Parkin
6 Boulden
7 Costanzo
8 Whitfield
9 Sinks
10 Jacobsen
11 Wood
12 Wilson

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