Portsmouth, R.I. (January 21, 2015) – US Sailing is organizing the inaugural U.S. Youth Match Racing National Championship for the Rose Cup, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California, June 17-21, 2015.
Up to twelve skippers from around the U.S. will be invited to race in this US Sailing National Championship. The event will be sailed in the Governor’s Cup 21, with teams of three or four sailors who must be at least 16 and no older than 20 years old in 2015.
“We could not be more excited to finally have a true youth match racing national championship in the U.S.,” said Dave Perry, US Sailing Match Racing Committee Chair and four-time U.S. Match Racing Champion who will be coaching at the event. “It will be quite an honor for the team who wins. Match racing is an exciting discipline in our sport, and we want to encourage the 16 to 20 year old group to get involved and proficient as match racing is an excellent bridge to higher levels of sailing.”
In addition to competing for the US Sailing medals, the top three finishing skippers will receive automatic invitations to the Governor’s Cup, a premier international youth match racing event, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, July 20-25, 2015. The Nick Scandone Sportsmanship Trophy will be awarded and North U will sponsor an advanced match racing clinic prior to the racing.
Requests for Invitations received by April 15, 2015, will receive preference. Requests for Invitations, the Notice of Race and additional information are available on the event website.
The 2015 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship is sponsored by Gill, and supported by the Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association.