Osterville, Mass. (August 3, 2015) – The 2015 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships is underway this week for four days of racing at one of the country’s most preeminent maritime venues – Cape Cod. The Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville, Mass. will host this year’s championships that feature a talented collection of the top young sailors in the country. These aspiring young sailors are eager to test themselves in single-, double-, and Quadruplehanded competition. Nearly 100 youth sailors will be racing on Nantucket Sound for the renowned Smythe Trophy, Bemis Trophy, and Sears Cup.
First sailed in 1921, sailors compete regionally to earn an opportunity to race at this championship in one of three fleets. Competing sailors range in age between 13 and 18. Each Area is eligible to send at least one sailor/team to compete in each of the fleets:
- U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy to be sailed in the Byte CII.
- U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis Trophy to be sailed in the Club 420.
- U.S. Junior Quadruplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup to be sailed in the Wianno Senior.
2016 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships Early Acceptance
The top two Youth Champs eligible single- and doublehanded teams not already qualified and finishing in the top 30% of competitors will receive early acceptance to the 2016 U.S. Youth Championships in a boat of their choice. Teams must apply for the 2016 U.S. Youth Championship by the 2016 deadline to be eligible.
Clinics and Coaching
Competing sailors engaged in an onshore clinic on Sunday and an on-water clinic on Monday with several notable college sailing coaches from around the country. The clinics are led by Richard Feeny, US Sailing Junior National Coach. Here is a list of coaches working with the sailors this week:
- Amanda Callahan: Head Coach, Roger Williams University
- Cappy Capper: Head Coach, University of Minnesota
- Brian Clancy: Head Coach, Cornell University
- Molly Vandemoer: Director, Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation
- Racing will take place in Nantucket Sound, with the race course located on the easterly side of the harbor entrance.
- The Singlehanded and Doublehanded disciplines will sail a trapezoid course.
- The Quadruplehanded discipline will sail a windward/leeward course.
- Ten races are scheduled for the Singlehanded and Doublehanded disciplines.
- Eleven races are scheduled for the Quadruplehanded discipline.
- Monday, August 3: First warning at 2:00 pm
- Tuesday, August 4: First warning at 10:00 am
- Wednesday, August 5: First warning at 9:00 am
- Thursday, August 6: First warning at 9:00 am
Sportsmanship and Seamanship Awards
- Singlehanded: Faye Bennet Sportsmanship Award
- Doublehanded: Bemis Sportsmanship Award
- Quadruplehanded: Cox Sportsmanship Award; the Seamanship Trophy will be awarded to the Quadruplehanded Team that receives the greatest number of points for neatness and general ship-shape condition of their boats.
The equally matched Club 420 and Byte CII sailboats are supplied by Zim Sailing. The 2015 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships is sponsored by Chubb Insurance Group, Gill North America, Zim Sailing, and Switlik Survival Products. This US Sailing National Championship is a Sailors for the Sea certified – Clean Regatta.
For social media coverage, daily video highlights, results and standings, photo gallery, and more information from the 2015 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, please visit the event website.
Social Media Highlights
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