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Youth Calendar

Please note: Dates and Locations are not necesarily finalized. Please confirm with National Class Assocations. This calendar is intended to aid in long term planning only. Please email questions or corrections to


As part of its mission to increase sailing participation and excellence, US Sailing has released a new Youth Performance Pathway to connect youth racing sailors to “What’s Next” in the sport. The pathway is the culmination of a year-long review by a task force of experts from inside and outside of US Sailing.

The new pathway includes updated guidance on transitioning into new boat and board classes to clarify the progression to higher levels of competition. In support of the pathway, US Sailing is updating its programs and providing expert training and education at events and clinics for sailors, parents, and coaches.

The three-tier Youth Performance Pathway illustrates the progression from grassroots youth racing to higher levels of the sport, as well as lifelong sailing as adults. There is no single path through the sport, and each sailor is encouraged to “tack upwind” based on their own preferences and goals. While the plan encourages all sailors to achieve their personal best, it has also cleared a pathway for sailors who aspire to race at the national and international level, qualify for the US Sailing Team, and represent Team USA at the Pan Am and Olympic Games. Check it out!

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Clinics and Events

US Sailing Clinics and Events

Thanksgiving Racing Camp - November 24-26 - Miami, FL - Nacra 15, 29er, i420, ILCA 6. The Thanksgiving Camp will bring regional coaches and athletes together for training and competition, while preparing the 2023 USA Youth Worlds Team. This camp is ONLY for sailors and coaches invited through regional programs. The 3-day event will consist of group presentations, on-the-water drills, and racing. For more information contact

USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals - The USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals are held across the country to capture the Olympic spirit and introduce youth sailors to their next steps in the sport.

Additional Clinics and Events

Advanced Club 420 Clinic - October 14-15, October 20-21 - Newport, RI - This group will sail in C420s, utilizing the trapeze and spinnaker to focus on speed and big course racing. The ideal sailor for this clinic series has a minimum of one full summer of racing experience in the boat.

SDYC HPYS 29er Clinics - October 21, November 4-5 - San Diego, CA - This is a multi-level 29er clinic: both for sailors who are interested in gaining proficiency in the 29er and for advanced sailors/teams to prepare for upcoming regattas.

Club 420 Orange Bowl Clinic - December 20-23 - Coconut Grove, FL - Pre-Regatta Training at Coral Reef Yacht Club.

WASZP High Performance Clinics - Jensen Beach, FL - January 11-13, January 18-20, February 1-3, February 8-10 - Multiple three day clinics at the US Sailing Center Martin County, each including boats and coaching.

Hosting a clinic? To add major national or regional clinics to this calendar, please email


Racing Development, Performance, and Olympic Classes

The Youth Performance Pathway starts at the Racing Development tier, which includes popular “club” boats such as the Opti, Club 420, high school sailing, and many other learn-to-race boats and boards. This is where most youth racers get their start, learning to race locally and building skills and experience at the regional and national level. 

The Performance tier is the second step of the pathway and represents a step up to the faster, more technical boats and boards that are the global standard for youth competition. This is where sailors expand their technical sailing skills, develop as performance athletes, and compete on a national and international level.

The Olympic tier is the third and final step of the pathway and includes the boats and boards raced in the Olympic Games. Sailors at the Olympic tier are eligible to qualify for the US Sailing Team based on their competitive performance at the World Championship or other top international competitions. 



  • Type: Singlehanded Dinghy
  • Typical Weight Range: 70-125 lbs
  • About: The most popular racing trainer in the US and around the world, the Opti is small but technical, with a long history of teaching racing skills and developing highly competitive sailors.
  • Speed scale: 1/5
  • Website



    • Type: Doublehanded Skiff
    • Typical Weight Range: 240 – 290 lbs combined
    • About: With a powerful sailplan and minimalist hull, the 29er is fast and dynamic, requiring excellent teamwork and fitness.
    • Speed scale: 4/5
    • Class Website



  • Type: Doublehanded Dinghy
  • Typical Weight Range: 300 lbs combined
  • About: Fast and technical, the 470 has been sailed in every Olympics since 1976 and is the Mixed (one male & one female) Doublehanded Olympic Class.
  • Speed scale: 4/5
  • Class Website:

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