Junior/Youth Championship Series
The U.S. Junior Women’s Championships Committee annually hosts two events: a Singlehanded and a Doublehanded championship. Both championships are open events. Each championship combines two clinic days with three racing days. No private coaching is allowed. The top boats will earn early acceptance to the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships should they decide to apply.
The Chubb U.S. Junior Championships for the Sears Cup, the Bemis Trophy and Smythe Trophy are ladder‑type events. Competition begins at local Areas and only the top sailors advance to the national finals. The ladder events provide an avenue for sailors to compete on a wider basis. The singlehanded and doublehanded winners will earn early acceptance to the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships should they decide to apply.
The U.S. Youth Sailing Championships provide young sailors an opportunity to compete at a national level in some of the Olympic class boats. Since 1975, eight USA Junior Olympic champions have gone on to win Youth World Championships. In 2012, the event was expanded to include multihull and boards as well as monohull sailing. This event is an ISAF Youth Worlds Qualifier when possible and private coaching is permitted; however US Sailing provides a coaching staff as well. 2015 will see the launch of the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup. This exciting new competition will be another invitational event with applications opening in the spring. The Championships, trophies and winners provide a glimpse into the glorious history of the sport, and provide a canvas for the young sailors of today to paint their own version of tomorrow’s history.