August 7 – August 11, 2019
Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation, Redwood City, California
Results & Reports
- 2018 – Gabriel El Hajji, Adeline Ruiz, and Ryan Murray
- 2017 – Lucy Brock, Julius Heitkoetter, Taylor Snyder
- 2016 – Porter Kavle, Jake Vickers, Will Comerford
- 2015 – Sammy Shea, Nolan Van Dine, Chloe Bohannon, Jackson Ritter
- 2014 – Zachary Kaan, Aaron Kiyotoki, Leah Ford
- 2013 – Colin Mackay, AJ Rush, Sam Rush, Christine Samanich
- 2012 – Will Dana, Francesca Dana, Taro Duncan, Nolan Van Dine
- 2011 – Zach Kaan, Aaron Kiyotoki, Kai Heitzman
- 2010 – Kate Andersen, Nick Dedona, Daniel Rosic
Bemis Sportsmanship Trophy
- 2018- Ian Reimel, Zoe Hoctor – North Cape Yacht Club/Hoover Sailing Club
- 2017 – Ansgar Jordan, Patrick Mulcahy – Coronado Yacht Club/California Yacht Club
- 2016 – Noble Reynoso – San Francisco Yacht Club
- 2015 – Dana Haig, Zach Zeelander – Barnegat Light Yacht Club
- 2014 – Michael Masterandrea – Rochester Yacht Club
- 2013 – Charlie Lomax, Evan Morgan – Annapolis Yacht Club
- 2012 – Nathan Allman, Zachary Kaan – Kaneohe Yacht Club
- 2011 – William and Abby Godfrey – Beverly Yacht Club
- 2010 – James Schaefer, Jason Raymond – Cedar Point Yacht Club
- 2009 – Stewart Draheim, Ellie Nielsen, Rockwall, TX
- 2008 – Henry Blanchette, Aimee Kelleher (tie) Marion, MA
- 2007 – Brendan Kopp, Michael Costello (tie), Fairfield, CT
- 2006 – Paige Conlin, Bellport, NY
- 2005 – Carolyn Prioleau, Houston, TX
- 2004 – Nick Thurber, LaSalle, MI
- 2003 – Peter Fallon, Falmouth, MA
About This Event
2019 Championship Facts
- Type of Event: Ladder Qualification
- Fleets: Laser Radial (Singlehanded), Club 420 (Doublehanded), Open 5.7 (Quadruplehanded)
- Competitors must have reached their 13th birthday but not their 19th in calendar year, and be eligible to compete per the Notice of Race.
- At the National Championship, sailors race in boats provided by US Sailing and the host at the event site to ensure the quality of the equipment and a level playing field.
- Coaching is provided for all competitors by US Sailing’s Youth National Coach and team of Level 3 Certified Fleet Coaches.
About the Championship
The Chubb U.S. Junior Championship is U.S. Sailing’s National Championship for junior sailors, aged 13-18. The Championship is comprised of three fleets: singlehanded, doublehanded and triple or quadruplehanded. The National Championship is typically held in early August, at a rotating venue, and Area Championship Qualifiers are held earlier in the summer in June and July.
The singlehanded fleet (Smythe Trophy) is raced in Laser Radials and doublehanded (Bemis Trophy) in Club 420s. The type of boat the triple or quadruplehanded fleet (Sears Trophy) is held in varies based on the availability of boats at the host club each year. The boat that is chosen determines whether the boat will be sailed with three or four sailors per team. The Sears fleet at the 2019 National Championship will be raced in Open 5.7s with four sailors per team, making it a quadruplehanded fleet.
Junior sailors competing at the National Championship have qualified to represent their Area at their respective Area’s Championship Qualifier. Each of the 11 Areas recognized by US Sailing send two teams to the National Championship for the single and doublehanded fleets, with the exception of Areas H and L, each of whom send one team. One team per Area qualifies to represent their region at the National Championship in the triple or quadruplehanded fleet, competing for the Sears Trophy.
Area Championship Qualifiers are great events for Junior Sailors to compete against the best sailors in their region without having to travel too far. Be sure to check out the dates and location of your Area’s Championship Qualifier this summer and put it on your sailing schedule!
2019 Area Championship Qualifier Dates and Hosts:
Area A – stay tuned!
Area B – stay tuned!
Area C – Shore Acres Yacht Club, Brick Township, NJ. Dates TBD
Area D – stay tuned!
Area E – stay tuned!
Area F – stay tuned!
Area G – stay tuned!
Area H – stay tuned!
Area J – stay tuned!
Area K – stay tuned!
Area L – stay tuned!
In 1921, Commodore Herbert M. Sears of the Eastern Yacht Club at Marblehead, MA placed in competition a Cup bearing his name for competition among juniors of Massachusetts yacht clubs. The next year eligibility broadened to include clubs such as Larchmont and Seawanhaka Corinthian on Long Island Sound and Cedarhurst on the south shore of Long Island, NY. How racing has changed since then is reflected in the fact that boys in those days were required to wear caps, neckties and jackets and girls dresses while sailing. In 1930, Commodore Sears of the Eastern Yacht Club at Marblehead, confident that NAYRU was here to stay and deeming it desirable that the competition be national in scope, deeded the trophy to NAYRU for triplehanded sailing among juniors over 12 and under 18 whose parents or guardians are members of some Yacht Club in the United States recognized by the Union. Under the deed, the Cup is “for the purpose of promoting the sport of yachting by encouraging proficiency in seamanship and sportsmanlike conduct in sail yacht racing on the part of boys and girls of school age”. By the 1950’s, NAYRU was inviting the Associations to make selections of teams to compete. Until the US Yacht Racing Union was formed in 1975, teams from Canadian Yacht Clubs also competed. Spurred by the growing number of sailors in singlehanded boats, led US Sailing to the addition in 1974 of the U.S. Junior Singlehanded championship for a trophy in honor D. Verner Smythe, a long‑time chairman of the Sears Cup Committee. The U.S. Doublehanded Championship is of similar vintage as the U.S. Junior Singlehanded. F. Gregg Bemis was best known for his work on the racing rules which included a long tenure as chairman of the Appeals Committee, but it was his leadership role in judging at junior and intercollegiate regattas that inspired a group of co-judges to donate in 1975 a trophy for doublehanded junior sailing. In 1999 the singlehanded and doublehanded divisions were expanded to include two teams per Area (groupings of Yacht Racing or District Associations) with the exception of Areas H and L, each of whom send one team.