It's not quite as audacious as lifting the America's Cup, but three Wellington yachties have achieved a sporting coup of sorts on the waters off California.
Skipper Tim Coltman, James de Lisle and Adam Middleton have won the prestigious Governor's Cup at the Balboa Yacht Club.
In an all-Kiwi final, the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club crew beat the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron 3-0 to win the world's oldest junior match racing regatta's 46th edition.
The Wellington trio are the first from the capital to win a famous piece of silverware donated by former US president Ronald Reagan in 1967.
It was second time lucky for Coltman, who in his last junior event achieved his goal with former Scots College classmate de Lisle and Middleton (18), who is in his final year at the school.
In supplied 21ft yachts they headed off 12 under-21 teams from four nations - Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the hosts - knocking out the defending champion San Diego Yacht Club 3-1 in the semifinals.
The event is widely considered to be a pathway for the world's top yachties and Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker is among those to have competed.
International teams were invited to compete in 1989 and future America's Cup team member and Volvo Round the World Race winner Mark Christensen promptly won it, the first of six for the RNZYS.
Coltman is now hoping to gain a place on the World Match Racing Tour, a pathway that leads to the America's Cup.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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