BALBOA YACHT CLUB – Wednesday to Sunday, Chris Weis, Alex Burrow, and Roberto Stevens represented Del Rey Yacht Club at the Rose Cup, one of the oldest youth match racing regattas in the nation. This year, the prestigious event became the new U.S National Youth Match Race Championship, including a qualification opportunity for Governor’s Cup.
The first two days of sailing were designated for a clinic lead by match racing legend, Dave Perry. Dave worked with all the teams to improve their match racing tactics and help the sailors adjust to sailing the Governor 21.
Following the short clinic, the event started its first round-robin which lasted until Saturday. At the conclusion of 11 races, Weis’s team was able to win 8 matches. Although the DRYC racers ended with a relatively good record, the stiff competition meant Weis was fourth seed for the elimination round. During the second round, Weis found himself up against Scott Sinks of San Diego Yacht Club, a formidable sailor. In the first match, Weis was able to out-sail Sinks and gain a point, but since it was best of three, Weis had to win one more race. Unfortunately after two more races, Weis was unable to convert and move on to the finals.
Sunday, Weis found himself in the petite finals with one last chance to podium at the event and qualify for Governor’s Cup. The petite finals would be best of three against Nicholas Sertl of Rochester Yacht Club, an opponent whom Weis had lost to in the round-robin. Weis was able to gain a strong position in the first match and secure a point. Following with a second match Weis was again able to lead off the start line and along with the win secured third for the event. Congratulations to Chris Weis, Alex Burrow, and Roberto Stevens for such a great event and good luck to them as they advance to Governor’s Cup.