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.
Try It Out Clinics
Try It Out Clinics are a series of regional clinics across the country intended to introduce and familiarize sailors 13-17 with the high performance boats. Boats and equipment will be provided but participants will need a US Coast Guard life jacket; housing and meals are not provided. The clinic features one or two action-packed days of sailing in all positions and conditions on 29ers, I420s, multihulls and/or boards with a favorable coach to sailor ratio. Due to the small coach:sailor ratio, clinics will be by invitation but some open spaces will also be available, depending on the number of boats available.
What to expect
Skippers and crew will learn about the skills specific to each position. There will be a lecture component to discuss physical characteristics of successful sailors in these boats, the opportunities available within the class and within the Olympic Development pathway specific to each of these boats.
There is not a competitive component to the clinic. The goals are to learn and have fun learning how to sail a new boat. At the conclusion of the clinic, interested sailors will be provided a general road map for continuing to pursue training and competition in these classes, including a draft regatta and clinic schedule, contacts within the fleet, providers of boats for sale and charter, and other resources available.
October 4-5, 2014 Bristol Yacht Club, Bristol RI F18s and I420
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