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U.S. Youth Championship

Chubb Jr

Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
July 6- 10, 2015

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

Regatta Documents

2014 Results & Coverage

Championship Facts & Features

  • Application Deadline is March 15 - no exceptions. Invitations go out by May 1
  • Type of Event: Invite Only
  • Laser, Radial, 29er, International 420, Formula 16; RS:X
  • Applicants (skippers and crews) shall not reach their 20th birthday by December 31
  • 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
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.

If your name is not listed, it means your application was incomplete.


Applications - you must apply separately for each fleet. Deadline is March 15 at midnight Central Time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Application Process

The Selection Process


Opens May 1 for accepted sailors.  Remember, early acceptance sailors must still apply.

History of Championship

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.

Committee Chair

Malinda Crain |

Youth Champs Selection 2015 In addition to the resume selection process, sailors may receive an early acceptance to the US Youth Championships. Text in red shows the changes from 2014.

Over half of the total number of places available for Youth Champs may be invited in this way. Eligible sailors** who finish within the prescribed placing at specific events listed below will be automatically invited to the 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, provided their Youth Champs application is completed by the due date listed on the NOR. All invitational events will occur between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

  • Early Acceptance Events
  • Youth Champs eligible is defined as: • Must be a current member of US Sailing when competing in the specified event • Must be a US citizen, or eligible permanent resident with written authorization from ISAF for an exemption under ISAF Regulation 24.5.4 • Will not turn 20 years of age by 12/31/2015. Born in 1996 or after. *** Please note that sailors qualifying for the ISAF Youth Worlds Team must not turn 19 years of age by 12/31/2015. Born in 1997 or after