Thursday, 03/14/2013 1:21 pm
The Rose Cup comes to the Midwest for the first time in 2013. This will be the fourth annual Cup, including its predecessor which was started in 2010 as the “Youth Match Race Clinic & Regatta” by members of Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, California and the Newport Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association (“NBSSA”). Its mission is to assist in the promotion of youth match racing in the United States and improve the quality of US competitors in national and international competition.
Ultimately, the founders, NBSSA, and the Rose Cup committee hope the event will eventually gain status as a new US Sailing Youth Championship. Dave Perry, US Sailing Match Race Committee Chair and four time US Match Racing Champion said it best, “Many of us are working hard on introducing the 16-20 year old sailors in the U.S. to competitive match racing, and the Rose Cup is our pinnacle event.”
The Cup was named by NBSSA in honor of Andy Rose, a former America’s Cup and Congressional Cup tactician in recognition not only of his sailing achievements but also for his contributions to youth match and fleet racing in the United States including his support of the Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Race Championship, the oldest such regatta in the Rose Cup receives an automatic invitation to the “Gov Cup” as described
in the article below.
At each Rose Cup, the presentation of the Nick Scandone Sportsmanship Award is always a highlight. This trophy, named for the late US Paralympic Gold Medalist Nick Scandone who, in addition to winning the Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was beating both able bodied and physically challenged competitors throughout the last year of his life as he fought ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Nick’s persistence against seemingly insurmountable odds provides inspiration to winners of the Scandone Sportsmanship Trophy and to all sailors.
Will Holz from the Chicago Yacht Club won the 2012 Rose Cup which was hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. Holz’s team included Wheeler Morris, Madeleine Cooney and Alex Woloshyn. Charlie Lalumiere from the Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth, Maine and his team of Myles Everitt, Chase Quinn and Mac Agnese were awarded the Nick Scandone Sportsmanship Award based on a vote by the competitors and umpires.
Dave Perry summed up the clinic and 2012 Rose Cup perfectly: “What impressed me the most was the tremendous improvement in the match racing and small keelboat racing skill of all the teams from the time they started the event. By the last day, it looked like a Grade 3 match racing regatta with multiple lead changes and boats overlapped at the finishing line.” We look forward to an equally exciting event in 2013.