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Meet the Skippers

David will be competing in his third Governor’s Cup, having just won the right to represent the host club by placing third in the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup, just ahead of his BYC competitor Jeffrey Petersen. David is a former Rose Cup champion and despite his match racing experience, at 18 years of age, is again one of the younger competitors. 

Balboa YC

Cameron won late June’s U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup and gained the automatic GovCup invitation that comes with that victory. Cameron has only been match racing for a couple of years but has truly distinguished himself by winning the Rose Cup and also in June, won a qualifier for this fall’s U.S. Match Racing Championship, a non-age limited event. Cameron is at right in picture below with his crew just after his Rose Cup win. 

Cabrillo Beach YC

Finn Tapper (3rd from left) will sail for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in this year’s GovCup. Finn won the Centrepoint youth match racing event in New Zealand and was a semi-finalist in the Chicago stop on the U.S. Grand Slam MR tour. 

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

The USA’s Frank Dair went to school in New Zealand and some of that country’s excellence in the sport may have rubbed off! Dair won the prestigious Musto Youth Match Racing Championship in Australia this last fall. 

California YC

Jack will appear in his second GovCup after almost making the semi-finals last year. Jack was the 2018 U.S. Youth Match Racing Champion and was a podium finisher in the 2018 U.S. Intercollegiate MR Championship. 

Riverside YC / Stanford Sailing Team

Jeppe is one of the best young match racing sailors in Denmark, a country known for producing champion sailors in all aspects of the sport in addition to match racing. He has been match racing actively in Sweden and his home country. 

Royal Danish YC

Jordan Stevenson is the youngest of the three GovCup invitees from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. He won the Harken Youth MR Series in Australia and was a very close second to Nick Egnot-Johnson in the Nespresso (NZL) event. 

RNZYS Youth Training Programme

GovCup runner up in 2017 and 2018, New Zealand’s Leonard Takahashi will be one of the favorites this year. Leonard’s appearance will fit in between 49er sailing and most recently, as a crew member of the Japanese SailGP team.


Mans will step back into monohull match racing for Governor’s Cup after distinguishing himself on the professional World Match  Racing Tour. He was ranked 24th by World Sailing in the May Open Match Racing Rankings.

Royal Swedish Yacht Club

Matt will appear this year in his third GovCup after winning both the United Kingdom’s Youth and Intercollegiate Match Racing titles for the second time. He is focused on match racing   and looks forward to contending at the Cup. 

Penarth YC

Nick is on a roll as he prepares for his first GovCup as skipper. In the last year, he won the Hardy and Nespresso Cups in Australia and New Zealand as well as the overall U.S. Grand Slam Match Racing Championship. 

RNZYS Youth Training Programme

Clare is one of the top female match racing sailors in the world, currently ranked #13 in the World Sailing Womens’ match racing rankings. This will be her third and final Governor’s Cup, having placed 6th and 7th in 2017 and 2018. 

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club