Youth Championships

Sailorships: Financial Aid for Junior Sailors

This program is for sailors ages 13 to 18 and offers travel grants for sailors to travel to US Sailing’s U.S. junior or youth championships. (Please note that class championships are not US Sailing events.)

Sailorships will be awarded in amounts varying from $100 – $500 per person per year, based on need. Awards may be requested prior to or after an event, but only one award per year may be granted. Complete applications must be received by June 1 or October 1 for the calendar year. Multiple awards will not be given. If you are seeking help with registration or charter fees, your sailing organization may also be able to assist you.

How does it work?

All parties (sailor and organization) must be current members of US Sailing to be eligible for a Sailorship. Sailors and parents will complete the Sailorship application and provide evidence of need. Sailorship applications are completed electronically. Additionally, the sailor will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation from an officer of his or her Sailing organization. Letters must be on letterhead. E-mails will not be accepted.

Letters should be addressed to: US Sailing, attn: Sailorship Committee, 1 Roger Williams University Way, Bristol, RI 02809, Incomplete applications will not be considered.

After your application has been reviewed, you may also be asked to submit a copy of your parents\’ last year’s 1040 form (front and back). The Sailorship Committee meets in June and October to review applications and make awards. The sailing organization will be notified if a grant has been awarded within a week of the meeting, for what and the amount.

A check made out to the sailor will be sent directly c/o of their sailing organization approximately one month later.

Interested in contributing to the Sailorship program? Donations in any amount are appreciated .  E-mail: