Junior/Youth Championship Series

US Sailing Junior Championships are great for young sailors seeking good competition and opportunities to improve their skills. Several of our national championships include pre-regatta clinics instructed by top-notch coaches from around the country. Participants make friends and important connections through their US Sailing National Championship experience.


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 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. In 2012, the event was expanded to include multihull and boards as well as monohull sailing. This event has been a World Sailing Youth Worlds Qualifier. US Sailing provides a coaching staff and private coaching is permitted.

In 2015, US Sailing introduced the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup.

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