U.S. Youth Championship

for the Johnstone, Manton Scott, Conner, Stevens, and Perry Trophies


Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

August 10 – 14, 2014

Regatta Documents


Private Coaches Registration

Private Coaching Registration

  • Please let us know the size of the coach boat you will be bringing.

US Sailing will be providing coaches to assist all competitors participating in the Youth Champs, however, private coaches are permitted. The private coaching policy is posted on the Event Website. Coaches must register and pay registration fee of $200.00 (includes dockage, trailer storage, and food at event) directly to the host club by July 21, 2013.  Coaches registering after July 21, 2013 will pay a registration fee of $250.00.

Grosse Point Yacht Club
788 Lake Shore Rd
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236

US Sailing Level 3 certification or the equivalent from another NGB and proof of current First Aid, CPR and will be required for all private coaches. Additionally a certificate of liability insurance for $1 million (US) will be required (see note below). Foreign coaches will need to provide proof of insurance in the United States.

NOTE: US Sailing certified coaches already have $10 million in coverage with their certification.

Housing for private coaches is NOT provided and private coaches will have to provide their own coach boats.

The premier youth sailing event in the United States, entry to the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship is by resume only. Applications open in January each year and close in March.  With no fixed fleet sizes, selection is based on choosing the top youth sailors in the country.

The 2015 U.S. Youth Championship will be the qualifier for the 2015 ISAF youth worlds.


About the Championships

The U.S. Youth Sailing Championship was started in 1973 at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club in Wilmette IL. The top 150 sailors from around the country, aged 19 or under (ISAF World Youth Championship age limit), were sent invitations on US Olympic Yachting Committee letterhead to attend the event in Lasers and 470s in mid-June.

The U.S. Youth Championship is now the pinnacle of youth racing for the summer season. The event has several goals: (a) to provide a challenge to young sailors to grow beyond the skill levels used to win at the local and regional level (b) to serve as a bridge between Junior Sailing (age 17) and College Sailing (c) to better produce US sailors capable of winning the World Youth Championships in big-fleet races; (d) to develop and identify talent for the US Olympic Sailing Team, and (e) to motivate a lifetime commitment to sailing.  Youth Championship graduates have become the stalwarts of successful college sailing programs and fill out the ranks of All-Americans.

Invitations to the event are made by US Sailing’s Youth Championship Selection Committee, based on review of applicant’s entry forms. Other than the Laser, boats have changed over the years. In 2006, this prestigious championship included Club 420′s, Lasers, Laser Radials and 29ers. In 2013, another championship, the U.S. Youth Multihull Championship was incorporated into the Youth Championship.  The International 420s were included and Boardsailing was also reintroduced.

The Robert L. Johnstone III Trophy for the Singlehanded winner recognizes the Founder and Chairman (1973-1980) of the event and his contribution to one-design and community sailing programs. The Doublehanded trophy memorializes Manton D. Scott, a Sears Cup winner (’69), Collegiate All-American (’72) and inspirational leader in small boat sailing, who was electrocuted by an overhead power line when stepping the mast of his 470. This was a month prior to the 1973 event, where Scott had been scheduled as one of the Clinic instructors.  The Robert and Ann Conner Trophy was donated for the winner of the Radial Division in recognition of their contributions to junior sailing.

Sportsmanship awards were given out beginning in 1989 in the name of 1973 participant and later event Chairman, David M. Perry, a well-known author of books on the racing rules, recognizing his leadership qualities in junior and intercollegiate sailing. The W. Darline Hobock Sportsmanship prize recognizes pure sportsmanship behavior throughout the multihull fleet. For many years the U.S. Youth Multihull Championship was organized by the Multihull Council and was initially sailed for the Hoyt-Jolley Trophy. In 2004 a new trophy was awarded in honor of Arthur J. Stevens whose dedication to youth multihull sailing was the foundation of this championship.  It became part of the Youth Champs in recognition of the importance of youth multihull sailing within US Sailing.

Championship Facts & Features

  • Laser, Radial, Club 420, 29er, International 420, Formula 16; RS:X
  • Type of Event: Invite Only
  • Applicants (skippers and crews) shall not reach their 20th birthday by December 31, 2014.
  • For ISAF youth worlds cannot turn 19 in year of event.
  • Must be current members of US Sailing
  • Must be a  U.S. Citizens and permanent Residents

Participants will be expected to be able to fly a spinnaker on a trapeze and manage a boat in up to 20 knots of breeze. Once registered, crew changes are not permitted except in case of an emergency.

Championship Awards

  • Johnstone, Manton Scott, Conner, Stevens, and Perry Trophies

Previous Winners

2013 Highlights



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