While alumni of the Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Regatta have distinguished themselves in the America’s Cup, the Congressional Cup, and the World Match Racing Tour, the latest World Sailing Open Match Racing Rankings feature an unprecedented domination by former “Gov Cup” skippers who as of this writing, make up five of the top six ranked sailors led by top ranked Taylor Canfield.
Perhaps the most striking thing about these rankings is the fact that two of the five, Sam Gilmour at #3 and Harry Price at #5, are only a bit over six months away from their last Governor’s Cup appearances–and, neither won the Governor’s Cup in 2016!
Besides Canfield, Gilmour and Price, the other Gov Cup alumni in the top six are former World Match Racing Tour (“WMRT”) champion Phil Robertson at #4, and Chris Steele at #6 who, as the WMRT starts action in 2017, has received one of a limited number of “tour cards” which guarantees entry and favorable seeding in all WMRT events.
All five alumni will be competing in the upcoming Congressional Cup WMRT event in Long Beach, California March 27-April 2, 2017. The Congressional Cup international match race regatta is not age limited but was the model for the founding of the Governor’s Cup as a “Congressional Cup” for younger sailors. The “Con Cup” featured Governor’s Cup alumni very early in its history with two-time Governor’s Cup winners Argyle Campbell and Andy Rose teaming up to win the Congressional Cup in 1970 and 1972. That tradition continues through today as Taylor Canfield attempts to join Peter Holmberg and Gavin Brady (also a Gov Cup alum) as four-time winners of the Congressional Cup, and become the only skipper to win four times in a row.
The Governor’s Cup is known as the “Pathway for Champions” and if the success of its alumni is any guide, that slogan is an understatement.