Local sailor wins Youth Matching Racing World Championship

After the Balboa Yacht Club saw one of its own win the 54th annual Governor’s Cup just two weeks ago, on Saturday the host club was treated to an all-Balboa Yacht Club final at the Youth Match Racing World Championship on Saturday.

David Wood beat Jeffrey Petersen in the final, becoming the first American to claim victory in the event that started in 2014.

Wood rattled off three straight race wins in the best-of-five championship series for a 3-1 victory.

“I think our motto throughout the whole event was just get 1% better every day, and we said that this morning when we came out and had two really tough races against Emil [Kjaer of Denmark],” Wood said.

“He almost got it done and knocked us out there, but we were able to just slowly find our groove and improve our boat speed, and then once we got into the finals with Jeff, we just said, ‘Let’s put it all down in the prestart and just go for it because we’ve got nothing to lose at this point.’”

Riccardo Sepe, left, and Jeffrey Petersen compete in the Youth Match Racing World Championship hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club on Friday. Pic – Scott Smeltzer

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Andrew Turner

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