August 10, 2023 – August 13, 2023
Lakewood Yacht Club
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Results & Reports
- Notice of Race
- Sailing Instructions
- Register here
- Registration List
- SafeSport handbook
- US Sailing Championships Code of Conduct
Sears Shipshape Award
- 2022 – Daniel Van Heeckeren, Kellie Keane, Annika Vanderhorst
- 2021 – Makani Andrews, Jaxon Hottinger, Bryce Huntoon, Noe Velasco
- 2020 – Event not held
- 2019 – Casey Pickett, Megan Waller, Samuel Hopper
- 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
- 2022 – Kaneohe Yacht Club/HKBC- Makani Andrews, Bryce Huntoon, Noelani Velasco
- 2021 – Hampton Yacht Club – Kyle Pfrang, Parker Moore, Pierce Brindley, Dingkun Li
- 2020 – Event not held
- 2019 – Balboa Yacht Club – David Wood, Daniel Pegg, Kenny Sherb
- 2018 – Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center – Douglas Wake, Ashley English, Noah Bartelt
- 2017 – Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club – Cameron Feves, Tristan Richmond, Brock Paquin
- 2016 – Annapolis Yacht Club – Porter Kavle, Jake Vickers, Will Comerford
- 2015 – Lakewood Yacht Club – Dane Byerly, Howdy Hughes, Collin Scoville, Carson Shields
- 2014 – St. Petersburg Yacht Club – Liam McCarthy, Josh Dochoda, Greiner Hobbs
- 2013 – San Francisco Yacht Club – Jack Barton, Sammy Shea, Alex Moody, Sam Barton
- 2012 – San Francisco Yacht Club – Jack Barton, Sam Barton, Sammy Shea, Corey Lynch
- 2011 – Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association, CT – O.J. O’Connell, Ben Wilkinson, Kyle Seniff
- 2010 – Mission Bay Yacht Club, CA Scott Hoffmann, Evan Hoffmann, Reece Bernet
- 2009 – Mission Bay Yacht Club, CA Scott Hoffmann, Evan Hoffmann, Colleen Hackett
- 2008 – Sarasota Youth Sailing Program, FL Will Stocke, Max Famiglietti, Matt Dowd
- 2007 – Mission Bay Yacht Club, CA Scott Hoffmann ,Evan Hoffmann ,Eric Alamillo
- 2006 – Team FOR, FL – Fred Strammer, Katrina Salk, & Zeke Horowitz
- 2005 – Annapolis Yacht Club, MD – Ted Hale, Evan Aras, Joe Morris
- 2004 – Venice Youth Boating Association, FL – Fred Strammer, Dalton Tebo, Charlotte Sims
- 2003 – Southern Yacht Club, LA – Baker Potts, Allan LeBlanc, Edward Levert
- 2002 – Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Ca – Ted White, Alex Bernal, David Harris, Duncan Shea
- 2001 – Malletts Bay Boat Club, Colchester, VT – Erik Johnson, Karl Johnson, Bretton Gardner
- 2000 – St. Petersburg YC, St. Pete, Fl – Rick Korab, Ryan Druyor, Kevin Reali
- 1999 – King Harbor YC, Manhattan Beach, CA – Colin Campbell, Brian Angel, Ryan Houston
- 1998 – Bay Waveland YC, New Orleans, LA – Robert Conrad, Marcus Eagan, Cardwell Potts
- 1997 – St. Petersburg, FL – Sean Doyle, Nick Hartney, Andrew Nelson
- 1996 – Pass Christian YC, Pass Christian, MI – John F. Dane, Oliver Peneguy, David Taylor
- 1995 – Toms River YC, NJ – Allan Terhune, Jr., Coury Yetman, Ronald Vignone
- 1994 – Shilshole Bay YC – Dalton Bergan, Mike Visser, Kevin Oliverio
- 1993 – Mystic River Mudhead SA – Morgan Connor, Graeme Woodworth, Kyle Shattuck
- 1992 – Baview YC – Dean Balcirak, Mike Bianco, Peter Feldman, Adam Lowry
- 1991 – Southern YC – Charles Meade, John Alden Meade, John Moss
- 1990 – Houston YC – Scott Elting, Carter Perring, Sam Pyne, David Thomas
- 1989 – Coconut Grove SC – Patrick Downey, Mark Ingraham, Chris McGrath
- 1988 – St. Francis YC – Morgan Larson, Haley King, Brandon Paine
- 1987 – Coconut Grove SC – Kevin Downey, Greg Enos, Kim Logan
- 1986 – Cowan Lake SA – Jeff Irvine, Bill Barrett, Steve Rittmeyer
- 1985 – St. Petersburg YC – Royce Rarik, Marty Kullman, Michelle Profant, Chris Bardes
- 1984 – Houston YC – Todd Hudgins, Mitch Brindley, David Calverly
- 1983 – Alamitos Bay YC – Ron Rosenberg, Mike Goyan, Mike Kortz
- 1982 – Alamitos Bay YC – Ron Rosenberg, Jim McLeod, Rich Palarea, Chris Redman
- 1981 – Richmond YC – John Kostecki, Albert Boyce, Mark Hempstead, Rand Arnold
- 1980 – Long Beach YC – John Shadden, Mike Pinckney, Bobby Frazier
- 1979 – American YC – Bill Lynn, Tom Mundinger, Bobby Capita
- 1978 – Pymatuning YC – Mark Thompson, Mike Werley, George LeBrun
- 1977 – Buckeye Lake YC – Will Petersilge, Dan Roshon, Dan Dressel
- 1976 – Potomac River SA – Andrew Menkart, Jeff Stamper, Berkeley Shervin, Chris Mason
- 1975 – Coconut Grove SC – Mike Alexander, Reid Hutchinson, Freddy Hutchinson
- 1974 – Minnetonka YC – Tom Burton, Chris Thompson, Fritz Van Nest
- 1973 – Houston YC – Glenn F. (Bud) Brown, Paul Thompson, Paul Wells
- 1972 – Houston YC – Clark Thompson, Jr., Paul Thompson, Glenn F. (Bud) Brown
- 1971 – Annapolis YC – Charlie Scott, Larry Leonard, Eddie Holt
- 1970 – Houston YC – Dan Williams, Clark Thompson, Jr., Ed McFarlan
- 1969 – Noroton YC – Manton D. Scott, Christopher P. Wilson, Steven B. Heath
- 1968 – Galveston Bay Cruising Assn. – John Kolius, Jay Williams, Dan Williams
- 1967 – Southern YC – John Dane, III, John Cerise, Mark LeBlanc, Bill Smith
- 1966 – Monmouth BC – Robert Held, Robert McCutcheon, David Allen
- 1965 – Corinthian YC – Robert E. Doyle, Robert McCann, Bruce Atkins
- 1964 – Corinthian YC – Robert E. Doyle, Robert McCann, Joan Thayer
- 1963 – Milford YC – Whit Batchelor, John Cordes, Dave Brown
- 1962 – Newport Harbor YC – Henry Sprague, III, George Twist, Bill Symes
- 1961 – Pleon YC – Stephen Wales, Lee Harris, Tex Mason, Rennie Greenlaw
- 1960 – Royal Vancouver YC – David Miller, Colin Park, Kenneth Baxter
- 1959 – Hudson YC – John Welch, Barbara Thomas, Ian Richie
- 1958 – Noroton YC – Kevin Jaffe, Carolyn McCurdy, Peter Wilson
- 1957 – Pequot YC – John Merrifield, Peter Clark, Thomas Munnell
- 1956 – Seattle Corinthian YC – Alan Holt, Fred Ray, Stephen Banks
- 1955 – Royal Canadian YC – A.R. Lennox, D. Day, P. Carver
- 1954 – Kingston YC – Harry Jemmett, Hendry Connell, Barrie Gilbert
- 1953 – Sandusky SC – Dave Ortman, Ellen Seaman, Forbes Hotchkiss
- 1952 – Indian Harbor YC – Martin A. Purcell, Constance M. Neher, Carolyn E. Neher
- 1951 – Rocky Point Club – George Reichelm, James A. Blattman, William B. Osgood, III
- 1950 – Pleon YC – Stephen M. Smithwick, George Stephenson, Nelson W. Aldrich, Jr.
- 1949 – Cohasset YC – Kingsley Durant, Francis V. Cohouet, Edward C. Burske, Jr.
- 1948 – Vineyard Haven YC – Douglas Cassel, Robert Villings, James Norton
- 1947 – The Buzzard YC – Michael Jackson, Nicholas J. Baker, Allen K. Chase
- 1946 – Stage Harbor YC – William R. Maclay, H.T. Woodland, Jr., Andrew Griscom
- 1945 – No Contest
- 1944 – No Contest
- 1943 – No Contest
- 1942 – No Contest
- 1941 – Eastern Yacht Club – Robert Coulson
- 1940 – Eastern Yacht Club – Robert Coulson
- 1939 – Annisquam Yacht Club – Richard W. Machem
- 1938 – Pequot Yacht Club – Robert E. Gordon
- 1937 – Pequot Yacht Club – Charles P. Stetson
- 1936 – Vineyard Haven Yacht Club – John H. Ware, Jr.
- 1935 – Vineyard Haven Yacht Club – John H. Ware, Jr.
- 1934 – Vineyard Haven Yacht Club – Frank B. Jewett, Jr.
- 1933 – Vineyard Haven Yacht Club – Frank B. Jewett, Jr.
- 1932 – Eastern Yacht Club – Chandler Hover, Jr.
- 1931 – Beverly Yacht Club – Michael M. Cudahy
- 1930 – Vineyard Haven Yacht Club – Willaim S. Cox
- 1929 – Bar Harbor Yacht Club – Willaim B. Cudahy
- 1928 – Beverly Yacht Club – Willaim B. Cudahy
- 1927 – Pleasant Bay Yacht Club – Charles Ashley Hardy
- 1926 – Duxbury Yacht Club – John S. Wilbor
- 1925 – Duxbury Yacht Club – C.Raymond Hunt
- 1924 – Pleon Yacht Club – Harry B. Thayer, Jr.
- 1923 – Duxbury Yacht Club – C.Raymond Hunt
- 1922 – Larchmont Yacht Club – Arthur W. Knapp
- 1921 – Pleon Yacht Club – Richard S. Thayer
About This Event
The Chubb U.S. Youth Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup is US Sailing’s National Championship for three-person, triplehanded youth teams (occasionally four-person boats are used), and serves as a pathway into keelboat racing. First sailed in 1921, the Sears Cup is US Sailing’s oldest national championship trophy and the original youth sailing national championship. The National Championship regatta is typically held in early August, with the Area Qualifier regattas taking place earlier in the year, typically in June and July.
New in 2023: The Sears Cup will double in size from 11 teams to 22 teams, allowing each Area to send two teams to the National Championship.
The 2023 Sears Cup will be sailed in the RS21 with crews of four people at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX.
- Type of Event: Ladder qualification via Area Qualifier regattas
- Boat Class: Triplehanded, three-person boats (occasionally four-person boats are used)
- Competitors must have reached their 13th birthday but not their 19th in calendar year, and be eligible to compete per the Notice of Race.
- Coaching is provided by US Sailing Coaches. No private coaching is allowed.
The type of boat used for the National Championship and the Area Qualifier regattas varies based on the availability of boats at the host clubs each year. Generally the boats are three-person (or occasionally four-person) one-design classes, typically a keelboat (such as VX One, RS21, J-22, etc) or a large centerboard boat (such as a Lightning, Thistle, Flying Scot, etc). Recent Sears Cup boats include the VX One (2022), RS21 (2021), Open 5.70 (2019), Lightning (2018), Flying Scot (2017).
The 2023 Sears Cup will be sailed in the RS21 with crews of four people at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX. The 2024 Sears Cup will be sailed in the Viper 640 at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in Bay St. Louis, MS.
Teams qualify for the U.S. Youth Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup via their Area’s Qualifier. Each of the 11 Areas recognized by US Sailing holds an Area Qualifier regatta to determine the team(s) that will represent their region at the National Championship. Area 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 Qualifier this summer and put it on your sailing schedule! Please note that the Notice of Race for each Area Championship Qualifier will include information about access for coaches and spectators based on the US Sailing Coaching and Support Boat Policy
2023 Area Qualifier Dates and Hosts
Is your club interested in hosting your Area’s qualifier? Contact your Area Representative for more information.
- July 8th – East Bay Sailing Foundation, Bristol, RI sailing in J-22’s – More Information
- July 5-6 – The WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay, NY sailing in Sonars – More Information
- 2023 dates and location to be announced.
- June 24-25 – Florida Yacht Club, Jacksonville, FL sailing in J24’s – More Information
- July 10 – Cleveland Yacht Club, Cleveland, OH sailing in Thistles
- May 13 – Lakewood Yacht Club, Kemah, TX sailing in RS21’s – More Information
- May 13 – San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, CA sailing in RS21’s – More Information
- June 8-9 – Pearl Harbor Yacht Club at Rainbow Bay Marina, Honolulu, HI sailing in Rhodes 19 – More Information
- July 10th – San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, CA sailing in J-22’s – More Information
- June 29-30 – Lake Forest Sailing, Lake Forest, IL sailing in J-70’s – More Information
- July 1 – Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, Seattle, WA sailing in Thistles – More Information
Don’t see your area’s event listed yet? Contact your Area Rep for an update!
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.
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. Junior 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 sent one team. In 2006, Chubb Insurance became title of sponsor of the Sears, Bemis, and Smythe events, which were renamed the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships.
In 2023 the Smythe Trophy and Bemis Trophy were rededicated to be a part of the U.S. Youth Championship regatta, and the Sears Cup event was renamed the Chubb U.S. Youth Triplehanded Championship. Today, the Chubb U.S. Youth Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup is US Sailing’s National Championship for three-person (triplehanded) youth teams, and serves as a pathway into keelboat racing.