Roster Announced: 2018 U.S. Youth Sailing Worlds Team

Pictured: Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas), 2017 Youth Sailing World Champion


May 9, 2018

Bristol, R.I. – US Sailing has named fourteen athletes to its 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship Team. The premier event in international youth sailing, the 2018 Youth Worlds (July 14–21, Corpus Christi, Texas) is expected to include competitors from over 70 nations. The event is set to be held in U.S. waters for the first time since Newport, Rhode Island hosted the regatta in 1996, and is open to sailors under age 19.

“For the first Youth Worlds held in the U.S. in over twenty years, we are proud to send a team of fourteen talented, committed and competitive athletes,” said Malcolm Page, two-time Olympic Champion and Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “Racing for the highest prize in international youth sailing on home waters will be a great honor, and an experience that our sailors will carry with them for the rest of their sailing careers. US Sailing will do everything we can to help our team to compete in Texas against the world’s best.”

The United States will send an experienced and formidable group to Corpus Christi Yacht Club, with half of the team having prior Youth Worlds experience. Three American athletes will return to defend world titles won at Sanya 2017 (China), with Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) in the Laser Radial and sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) in the I420. 

To help prepare the sailors for the big event, US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) has partnered with top regional racing programs and the American TP52 professional sailing team QUANTUM RACING to provide dedicated training camps, coaching and general support. World-class coaches involved in prepping the team include Olympic medalists Anna Tunnicliffe, Charlie McKee and Morgan Reeser, as well as America’s Cup veteran Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake, 2017 US Sailing National Coach of the Year Rosie Chapman (Houston, Texas), 2017 US Sailing Development Coach of the Year Steve Keen (Stamford, Conn.) and Phil Muller (Miami, Fla.).

“The ODP training camps that we have set up for this spring and fall will continue the successful model that has been used to help prepare recent U.S. Youth Worlds Teams,” said Leandro Spina, US Sailing’s Olympic Development Director. “We will have multiple camps that focus on specific classes and skills, and once again we are bringing in a world-class group of coaches supplied for the sailors by US Sailing and by Quantum Racing.”

2018 U.S. Youth Sailing World Championship Team:

  • Laser Radial Boy: Chase Carraway (Wrightsville Beach, N.C.)
  • Laser Radial Girl: Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas)
  • 420 Girls: Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.)
  • 420 Boys: J.C. Hermus (Bellport, N.Y.) and Walter Henry (Syosset, N.Y.)
  • Nacra 15: Nico Martin (Houston, Texas) and AnaClare Sole (Houston, Texas)
  • 29er Boys: Charlie Hibben (Concord, Mass.) and Nicholas Hardy (Newton, Mass.)
  • 29er Girls: Berta Puig (Miami, Fla.) and Bella Casaretto (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • RS:X Boys: Geronimo Nores (Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • RS:X Girls: Dominique Stater (Miami, Fla.)
  • Event Coaches: Rosie Chapman (Houston, Texas, Team Leader), Steve Keen (Stamford, Conn.) and Phil Muller (Miami, Fla.)

Each U.S. athlete earned a berth on the team in accordance with US Sailing’s athlete selection procedures.

More information about the 2018 Youth Worlds, visit the event website.

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

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 Bristol, 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


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