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.
High School Sailing
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.
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).