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Balboa Yacht Club team wins Governor’s Cup 2017 sail race

A Balboa Yacht Club youth sailing team took home the 51st Governor’s Cup over the weekend, ending a 37-year drought for the boating club.

Team members Christophe Killian, Harrison Vandervort and Jack Martin beat out competitors from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in the international racing championship.

“It’s great for the club and great for the young sailors who look up to these guys,” said Andy Rose, a two-time winner and Balboa Yacht Club member affiliated with the event, about the winners. “They just sailed brilliantly.”

The team of Killian, Vandervort and Martin previously placed third in three past Governor’s Cup competitions.

The Governor’s Cup continues over several days with races lasting around 20 minutes. It is one of the most hotly-contested sail races and has jump-started several sailing careers.

Past competitors have gone on to win the America’s Cup, Round the World, and Olympic gold.

Balboa Yacht Club has hosted the race since 1967, when Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, donated the winner’s trophy.

Source: The Orange County Register

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