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2012 Rose Cup logoSt. Petersburg Yacht Club to Host Rose Cup This Week
 
US Sailing’s Match Racing Committee has partnered with the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to organize the 2012 Rose Cup, a national youth match racing event to be held on June 20-24, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rose Cup, founded by the Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association, is in its third year. The Committtee hopes to build this into a US Sailing Youth National Championship in the future.

Racing will take place in Sonars with teams of four who must be at least 16 years of age and no older than 20 in 2012. The winning skipper of the Rose Cup will receive an invitation to the prestigious 2012 Governor’s Cup, a premier international youth match racing event, held at the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, Calif. on July 17-22, as well as the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships, on February 20-24, 2013.

In addition, Dave Perry, four-time US Sailing Match Racing National Champion and Chairman of the US Sailing Match Racing Committee will be at the event to provide on-the-water coaching and give on-shore presentations on match racing, including the upcoming America’s Cup, which will be held on San Francisco Bay in 2013. The Nick Scandone Sportsmanship Trophy will be awarded for outstanding sportsmanship.

“Match racing is one of the fastest growing disciplines in our sport,” says Perry. “We want to encourage the 16 to 20 year old group to get involved and get proficient in this exciting and very beneficial way to race sailboats. This ties in very nicely to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Sloop Championship program which now uses the match racing format.”

Sponsors for the event include Line Honors-Yacht Racing Outfitters, North U and the Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association. Results can be followed online at www.matchracingresults.com/.