How does one explain the amount of pride and honor it is to participate in a World Championship event in their hometown at the yacht club across the bay? In short, it is an incredible experience. Not many people can say that they have had this opportunity but last month Robert Garrett, John Horton and I were privileged enough to represent the USA at the Youth World Match Racing Championship.
In early March, we found out that we were invited to participate in Youth Match Race Worlds being hosted jointly by Balboa Yacht Club and World Sailing. After recently coming from Governor’s Cup where we did not perform as well as we would have liked, we took this event as a new opportunity to go out and represent both NHYC and our country.
We had great success at this event. Over the five days of racing, we were able to complete a double round robin, then semis and finals were sailed on the last day. In total, we sailed twenty-two races and out of those, we won eleven of them, landing us safely in fifth place out of twelve teams. We were qualifying for the semi-finals going into the last day but unfortunately, just not able to pull it all together. For a rather young team that had only been sailing together for 1 week, this was an incredible opportunity for us. At the end of the event we were issued a series of invites to several events in the southern hemisphere.
One of the greatest takeaways though from this event was the comradery that we were able to forge with the teams from all around the world. Over the week of worlds, we befriended many of the teams that were participating. One of the coolest aspects of this sport is developing friendships across the world. Lastly, we would like to thank BYC and World Sailing for such an amazing event and we hope to patriciate again next year.