Youth Worlds Team


Youth Sailing World Championship Team

US Sailing and the Olympic Development Program (ODP) annually supports the U.S. Youth Worlds Team (YWT) with YWT specific camps, coaching and logistical support. Team members must qualify for the team each year, based on their on-the-water results at pre-determined qualifying event(s). Guiding principles for Youth Sailing World Championship selection are found HERE, with specific selection procedures for the 2017 team listed below.

2017 Team

The 2017 Youth Words will be held in Sanya, China, from December 9-16, 2017.


The USA qualification events to the Youth Worlds will be conducted with the equipment (sailboat classes) listed below. This list is subject to change if and only if World Sailing announces a different list of equipment for the Youth Worlds.

  • Boy’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
  • Girls’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
  • Boy’s Two Person Dinghy – I420
  • Girls’s Two Person Dinghy – I420
  • Boy’s Windsurfer – RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
  • Girl’s Windsurfer – RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
  • Boy’s Skiff – 29er
  • Girl’s Skiff – 29er
  • Open Multihull – Nacra 15

2017 Youth Worlds Team Selection Procedures

Athlete selection procedures and requirements for the 2017 US Sailing Youth Worlds Team can be found HERE (amended May 8, 2017).

2016 Team

The 2016 Youth Worlds were held in Auckland, New Zealand from December 14-20, 2016, in conjunction with World Sailing and Yachting New Zealand.

Selection Procedures

Athlete selection procedures and requirements for the 2016 US Sailing Youth Worlds Team can be found HERE (amended August 26, 2016).

Team Announcement:

October 20, 2016

Portsmouth, R.I. – US Sailing has named 13 athletes to its 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship Team. The premier youth event in international sailing, the Youth Worlds is expected to include competitors from over 70 nations. The event is set to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from December 14-20.

“A talented and competitive American team has been selected for the 2016 Youth Worlds,” said Leandro Spina, US Sailing’s Youth Development Director. “It takes hard work to develop the skills needed to reach this level, and US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) will assist with preparations as we get closer to the event. We are excited to name our team, and to help them deliver a peak performance in Auckland.”

US Sailing’s 2016 Youth World Championship Team:

  • Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Sophia Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Carrson Pearce (Manahawkin, N.J.)
  • International 420 (girl’s two person dinghy): Kathryn Hall (Haverford, Penn.) and Ashton Borcherding (Greenwich, Conn.)
  • International 420 (boy’s two person dinghy): Wiley Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.)
  • 29er (girl’s high performance dinghy): Louisa Nordstrom (Osprey, Fla.) and Catherine Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.)
  • 29er (boy’s high performance dinghy): Ryan Ratliffe (San Diego, Calif.) and Sam Merson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
  • RS:X (girl’s windsurfer): No Selection
  • RS:X (boy’s windsurfer): Geronimo Nores (Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • Nacra 15 (open multihull): Romaine Screve (Kentfield, Calif.) and Ian Brill (San Diego, Calif.)

*Note: No female US RS:X sailor qualified for the 2016 Youth Worlds Team

Several 2016 Youth Worlds Team sailors have worked with the ODP prior to their selection, and their campaign for Auckland represents a natural extension of their previous training. “US Sailing fully supports the Youth Worlds as an event, and we encourage all dedicated young sailors to try to qualify for, and medal at, this regatta,” said Spina. “The ODP staff have been in contact will all of our sailors, and we plan to have a dedicated Youth Worlds training camp in Miami in a few weeks. ODP staff will work closely with each athlete, as well as several of their individual coaches, to works towards our goals. This camp, and the Youth Worlds itself, will help us finish a strong second year of operation for the ODP.”

Spina will serve as Head Coach of the team in Auckland, and will be joined by Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team coach Willie McBride (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Two-time US Sailing National Development Coach of the Year Steve Keen (Stamford, Conn.) rounds out the team’s world-class coaching staff.

For more information about selection process for US Sailing’s 2016 Youth Worlds Team, visit US Sailing.

More information about the 2016 Youth Worlds, visit the event website.

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