US Sailing to Host High Performance ILCA 6 Training Camp in New Bedford

In a demonstrative commitment to the future of high-performance sailing, US Sailing is hosting an ILCA 6 training camp at the New Bedford Yacht Club, bringing together top-tier talent from across the nation. This collaboration between the US Sailing Olympic Development Program (ODP) and the US Youth Team, aims to bring together youth and Olympic level athletes and will serve as preparation for the Youth World Sailing Championships and ILCA Under-21 World Championships in July. 

The camp is set to be a competitive and productive event in the youth racing calendar in 2024 and will be coached by three top-tier coaches: 

  • Sophia Reineke, 2024 US Youth Worlds Team ILCA Coach 
    • 2022 Quantum Women’s Collegiate Sailor of the Year and Women’s National Champion with Boston College  
    • 2014 US Junior Women’s Singlehanded Champion  
  •  Rosie Chapman, US Sailing ODP Manager 
    • Coach of US Youth Worlds team for gold medals in 2017 and 2018 
    • 2018 National Coach of the year  
  • Phil Muller, US Sailing’s Youth Performance Manager 
    • 2018, 2019, and 2022 USA Team Coach for Youth Sailing World Championship 
    • 2020 US Sailing Development Coach of the Year  
    • Coach of New York Yacht Club’s American Magic Youth and Women’s America’s Cup Teams  

Taking place in New Bedford, Massachusetts June 12-16, the camp is strategically scheduled to fall ahead of a variety of high-level youth racing events, the Youth Championships, the Junior Women’s Championships, and the Youth Worlds.  

The camp welcomes the top ILCA 6 sailors from the past year, including those who excelled at the Youth Worlds Qualifier, alongside Olympic campaigners and youth worlds team members. This convergence of talent and experience promises to create an environment of intense learning and competition, fostering the next generation of sailing champions. 

This initiative represents the culmination of a longstanding goal to initiate a pipeline of top youth sailors with Olympic-level athletes, providing a seamless pathway for the best young talents to progress to the highest levels of the sport. The comprehensive training sessions will focus not only on refining technical skills and racing tactics but also on instilling the values of discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship that are essential for success in high performance sailing. 

With sixteen athletes participating, they represent the future of high-performance sailing on the world scale. Eleven are under age 19, two are already slotted to compete at Youth Worlds, three are participating in the U21 ILCA Worlds, and two were top athletes from the 2024 Olympic Trials. 

A significant aspect of this camp is its emphasis on creating more opportunities for women coaching in high-performance sailing, an objective that aligns closely with the mission of US Sailing. The realization of this camp has been made possible through the generous support of the Lattimore Grant, underscoring the importance of investing in future female sailors. With two of three coaches and ten of the sixteen sailors being women, the camp is demonstrative of the objectives and success of the Lattimore Grant.  

By providing a platform where young women can train and compete alongside their male counterparts, the camp aims to inspire greater participation and achievement in sailing. This initiative not only highlights the potential of these young athletes but also paves the way for a more inclusive and dynamic future in the sport.