Youth Sailing

Developing and Inspiring Youth Sailors

Whether you’re a new racer or a seasoned sailing athlete, we're here to provide racing and development opportunities for all sailors.

US Sailing's regattas, instructor and coach certifications, and development programs help youth sailors become skilled, successful sailors. We offer resources to support clubs, organizations, parents, volunteers, and other stakeholders at the local, regional, and national levels. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned sailor we’re here to help all types of youth sailors enjoy the sport, improve their skills, and become sailors for life.

USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals

Dreams Start Here

US Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals are the spark that ignite a lifelong love for racing.  For young sailors who are new to racing and experienced youth sailors with high aspirations, USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals are the perfect starting line.

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National Championships

Race with the Best

Compete against the best sailors in the country at the US Sailing National Championships, where many of the most historic and prestigious trophies in the sport at stake. Five Youth and Junior National Championships are held at host clubs around the country each year, featuring expert race officials as well as US Sailing-provided coaching for all competitors. Come join us and race with the best!

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Championship Regattas

Youth Development

Unlock a lifetime of opportunity on the water

The goal of US Sailing's Youth Sailor Development Model is to grow and retain a new generation of sailors through enhanced skill development and a positive, healthy sport experience

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Olympic Development Program

World Class Coaching Support

Guided by the Project Pipeline strategic initiative, US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) provides world-class coaching support to promising American youth sailors competing in high-performance classes. The ODP is a long-term initiative to help young sailors build complete skill sets in order to achieve success in high-performance sailing and at the Olympic level.

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High School Sailing

Interscholastic Sailing Association

High school sailing, numbering over 500 sailing programs nationwide, is one of the fastest growing segment of the sport. Governed by the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA), high school sailing is divided into seven districts around the country. Visit the ISSA website to learn more about high school sailing and how to start a team.

College Sailing

Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. There are seven District Associations that schedule and administer regattas within their established geographic regions. ICSA has grown to include nearly 200 active colleges, and racing occurs every weekend during the fall and spring seasons and on many weekends during the winter. It is a truly coeducational sport, and it has proved itself the best incubator for the development of racing skills. Former college sailors have always numbered significantly among Olympic medallists and America’s Cup competitors.

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Youth Racing News

US Sailing’s Youth racing newsletter is your source for updates on the national effort to support youth racing, regatta and clinic participation, performance education and the Olympic Development Program (ODP).




Youth Racing News Archive

Youth Racing News - May 2018

Youth Racing News – December 2017

Youth Racing News – September 2017

Youth Racing News – July 2017