Egnot-Johnson wins the battle of New Zealanders for GovCup championship

The 53rd Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, has been won by Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZL) after an intense final match against now three-time GovCup runner-up Leonard Takahashi (NZL).

Egnot-Johnson won the first two of the best of five race series against Takahashi to take a commanding lead. However, Takahashi and his crew never lost confidence and quickly tied the series 2-2, to set up the final race. 

Egnot Johnson wins the battle boat

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Photo by Mary Longre

Egnot-Johnson and his crew reign supreme at end of GovCup week

At the final start, both boats fought for that right side and Egnot-Johnson got it. With a small lead at the first windward mark, he sailed virtually perfectly downwind. The final two legs featured Egnot-Johnson doing everything right to protect his lead, and he surfed across the finish line to win.

Earlier, Jack Parkin (USA) lost in his semi-final against Egnot-Johnson, which also went to the full five races. That put Parkin into the petit final against Frank Dair (USA) to determine third place overall in the regatta. 

Parkin won the best of five.

The other competitors who did not qualify for the semi-finals also sailed a best of three series to determine their final overall placing. 

Below are the complete final standings:

1.  Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZL)

2.  Leonard Takahashi (NZL)

3.  Jack Parkin (USA)

4.   Frank Dair (USA)

5.   Jordan Stevenson (NZL)

6.   Finn Tapper (AUS)

7.   Matt Whitfield (GBR)

8.   David Wood (USA)

9.   Clare Costanzo (AUS)

10. Cameron Feves (USA)

11. Jeppe Borch (DEN)

12. Mans Holmberg (SWE)