for the Johnstone, Manton Scott, Conner, Stevens, and Perry Trophies
National Chair: Malinda Crain
- Notice of Race
- Conditions for the Championship
- Sailing Instructions
Applications – open January, close March 15 midnight Central Time
Do not make any travel arrangements prior to receiving your formal invitation.
Updated for 2015: Application Worksheet . This is designed to help you gather the information you will need to successfully and quickly complete your Youth Champs application.
Applications – you must apply separately for each fleet
- Laser, Radial, 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, 2015.
- 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 provide copy of current passport at registration.
- Permanent residents who have resided in the US for at least five years may apply for a waiver at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Opens May 1 for accepted sailors. Remember, early acceptance sailors must still apply.
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.
- Previous Winners
- The Manton D Scott Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the winning Open Doublehanded Dinghy (C 420) team.
- The Robert L. Johnstone III Trophy will be awarded to the winning Singlehanded–Heavy (Laser Standard) competitor.
- The Robert and Ann Conner Trophy will be awarded to the winning Singlehanded– Light (Laser Radial) competitor.
- Dave Perry Sportsmanship Trophy