The Application Process

•US Sailing will treat you as an independent athlete.  We will want your personal contact information not just your parent’s.  If you do not put your e-mail  in, we will ask you to go back and add it.   
•Complete all requested information. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. It’s ok for your parents to check it over but it is not ok for your parents to fill it out – and we can tell the difference – every time.

Remember, there are many very competitive regattas that do not include many of your fellow applicants. It is good for the committee to know about these also and there is room on the form to add them in.  This is particularly true if you are transitioning into the youth boats from other classes (such as the Optimist) or have only attended a few of the larger events. The selectors need to know if you did well in them!

The Application Process

1) Applications must be submitted online on the main page. There is a link for each fleet.  Even if you have been invited, you must submit an application. You may apply in more than one fleet, but will need to submit separate applications. The non refundable application fee is $50 per application. The application must be submitted no later than midnight Eastern Time on March 15. NO EXCEPTIONS!

2) You must be a current US Sailing member to have your application considered.  If you are part of a family membership, you will have a different ID number from your parents.  If you use your family membership number, it will kick you out or turn you into your parent.
You cannot turn 20 during the current calendar year. If you are 19 now and going to be 20 by the end of the year, you are ineligible.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may apply to the national chair for a waiver and provide written authorization from ISAF for an exemption under Regulation 24.5.4.   Waiver requests must be received by March 1 – no exceptions.

3) Before you begin: Print out the worksheet. This lists many of the regattas the selectors use to evaluate applications.  Remember, we have access to the internet. Do not fudge results!

4) Review your past year’s performance (March 15, last year to March 15, this year) and find out how you finished in the listed regattas. You aren’t expected to have attended any of these, but if you have, you are required to include your results.
a)You can easily find out about events that you’ve attended if they’ve been scored by Regatta Network by going to My US Sailing. Log in with your membership number and password and you will see a link for My Race Results.
b) In addition to the regattas listed on the worksheet, you will be asked to provide your two best regattas. These should be different from the regattas listed on the worksheet and should be from the past year.  This is your chance to give us important information we might otherwise miss.

5) Complete the application

a) Both skipper and crew must fill out their page of the application. Teams should fill out the application together with the helm’s information listed first. If you registered with US Sailing Regatta Network before, enter your name and US Sailing Number, then click the ‘Look Up My Information’ button below to retrieve your information tied to your US Sailing number.
b)  The crew’s name and e-mail address can be listed by entering in their US Sailing membership number too. If you hit “E-mail Crew” that will send the crew the link to complete his or her resume.
c) Use your home address, not your school address. Provide an e-mail address that you check often and where we can send you information including over the summer. We will communicate directly with you.

6) Once an application is complete, you will get an e-mail confirming your application. If you do not get an e-mail, your application is not received. If your application is marked Pending, it means that you or your crew have not completed all the necessary forms. Pending applications will not be considered. You can go in at any time up until the deadline to modify your application using the log in provided in your e-mail. If your name is NOT there, it means your application fee did not go through.

7) Fees: Only the non-refundable  application fee (and membership fee if applicable) will be charged at the time of application. Make sure the name and billing address are correct for the credit card.   Entry fees will be collected after sailors have been accepted. You will be notified when and where to send these fees.

8) Birth Certificates or Passports: Send a copy only if you are asked. You will need to provide a copy of your passport upon acceptance.

Notification of Acceptance: Each applicant will receive written notification by e-mail in early May. There are no pre-determined fleet sizes but a maximum of 175 sailors in total may be invited. A list of accepted sailors will be posted on the website on or about May 1st. DO NOT call US Sailing or the host club to find out if you have been accepted.

Questions: send an e-mail to lizwalker@ussailing.org
v. 2014