Alumni Profiles

The Governor's Cup

Balboa Yacht Club members, led by the late Chet and Glee Purcell (parents of BYC Staff Commodore and 50th Anniversary Co-Chair Tom Purcell), founded the Governor’s Cup with a trophy donated by then-Governor Ronald Reagan who, like the Governor’s Cup, had even more success over the ensuing years. Their dream was to start a sailing series for young people in one of the most exciting areas of sailboat racing, two boat match racing. The winner of the first two Governor’s Cups and former BYC member, Argyle Campbell, has said, “match racing is the simplest discipline in concept and one of the most difficult in execution.”

Some of the finest young sailors in the world have virtually started their careers at the “Gov Cup” for almost 50 years, including winners of the America’s Cup, (Oracle USA skipper and tactician James Spithill and John Kostecki), the Round the World Race (Paul Cayard, Kostecki and New Zealand’s Mark Christensen), and World Match Race Tour winners (Taylor Canfield, Phil Robertson), and other sailors too numerous to mention. The Governor’s Cup truly lives up to its motto, “Pathway for Champions!”