2017 US Sailing Youth Worlds Team Selection Procedures Released


Pictured: The 2015 US Sailing ISAF Youth Worlds Team, with coaches. Photo: Christophe Launay/ISAF


November 7, 2016

Portsmouth, R.I. – US Sailing has released selection procedures for American athletes hoping to compete in the 2017 Youth World Sailing Championship, to be held in Akko, Israel from July 8-15, 2017. US Sailing and the Olympic Development Program (ODP) annually support the U.S. Youth Worlds Team (YWT) with YWT-specific camps, coaching and logistical support. Athletes must qualify for the team each year based on results at pre-determined qualifying events.

2017 Youth Worlds Equipment:

The USA qualification events to the Youth Worlds will be conducted with the equipment (sailboat classes) listed below. This list is subject to change if and only if World Sailing announces a different list of equipment for the Youth Worlds.

  • Boy’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
  • Girls’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
  • Boy’s Two Person Dinghy – I420
  • Girls’s Two Person Dinghy – I420
  • Boy’s Windsurfer – RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
  • Girl’s Windsurfer – RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
  • Boy’s Skiff – 29er
  • Girl’s Skiff – 29er
  • Open Multihull – Nacra 15

Selection Events:

  • Laser Radial i420, & 29er: (both genders for all three classes)
    • Qualification will be based on a two-event qualification system as outlined below.
    • First Event:
      • Laser Radial: Radial Midwinters East | February 23-26, 2017 | Clearwater Beach, FL
      • i420: i420 Midwinters | February 18-20, 2017 | Miami Beach, FL
      • 29er: 29er Midwinters West | March 24-26, 2017 | Coronado, CA
    • Second Event:
      • US Sailing Youth Championships | June 24-28, 2017 | Corpus Christi, TX
  • Nacra 15:
    • Qualification will be based on performance at the US Youth Sailing Championships, Corpus Christi, TX, June 24-28, 2017. The highest finishing eligible prospective team will be selected.
  • RS:X (both genders)-  The OSC will select by sailing resume based on the following criteria:
    1. All applicants must race at the US Sailing Youth Championships* in order to be considered for Youth Worlds selection.
    2. Regatta results
    3. Training Plan for 2017 Youth Worlds preparation
    4. Demonstrated ability in the RS:X

Full Selection Procedures:

Athlete selection procedures and requirements for the 2017 US Sailing Youth Worlds Team can be found HERE (amended November 3, 2016).


Any updated information about the 2017 Youth Worlds Team will be posted on US Sailing’s YWT selection page HERE.

About US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program:

US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) was launched in January 2015 to lead the progression of the most promising youth sailing talent in the US. Guided by the US Olympic Sailing Committee’s Project Pipeline strategic initiative, the ODP fosters an integrated approach to training in the core development and Olympic classes, and is part of a system to provide the United States with a steady stream of well-prepared sailors. Some of these athletes will go on to represent Team USA at The Olympic Games, and provide the national team with consistent success. The fundamental premise of the ODP is to focus on the critical transition from youth sailing to high performance racing in Olympic classes. The ODP is funded through generous donations by individuals and organizations. The lead gift as well as a matching grant has been provided by the AmericaOne Foundation, and the US Olympic Sailing Program is actively seeking supporters to meet this generous match. For more information on the ODP and the America One Match campaign, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics

About US Sailing

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org


Press Contact: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager, willricketson@ussailing.org, +1 (978) 697-2384