Olympic Development Program

ODP Invitation Criteria

ODP Youth Class Training Clinics

The ODP runs three annual fall clinics across the country that are open for sailors to attend with their Regional Program.

ODP West Clinic - Labor Day Weekend - St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, CA

ODP East Clinic - Columbus Day Weekend - Miami Yacht Club, Miami, FL

ODP Racing Clinic - Thanksgiving Weekend - Miami Yacht Club, Miami, FL

How to attend:

A select number of sailors are invited to attend these clinics and train under the world-class coaching provided for each fleet. In addition, the clinics are open to all sailors who can attend as part of their Regional Program. Sailors in this category must attend with their own Regional Program coach, and Regional Programs must adhere to a 1:6 coach to sailor ratio (4:1 ratio for the Nacra 15 fleet).

Who should attend:

Sailors attending these ODP clinics should possess the following qualities:

Have a High Skill Level:
  • Top sailors in their region in a Youth Worlds Class
  • Competitive results at the US Youth Sailing Championship
High Fitness Level:
  • Have an existing fitness program
High Commitment Level:
  • Passionate about the sport
  • Personally driven
  • Actively training with a Regional Program

Youth Worlds Travel Team

US Sailing and the Olympic Development Program (ODP) annually supports the U.S. Youth Worlds Team (YWT) with YWT specific camps, coaching and logistical support.

Team Selection:

Team members must qualify for the team each year, based on their on-the-water results at predetermined qualifying events. Athlete selection procedures and requirements for the current US Sailing Youth Worlds Team can be found HERE.


In years where the World Sailing Youth World Championship takes place in December, the three annual ODP Youth Training Camps will serve as the training event for the Youth Worlds Team. In years where the Youth Worlds takes place in July, there will be an additional Youth classes training camp added to the calendar ahead of the Championship. In these years, the Youth Worlds team will also attend the US Youth Championship as a training event.

Runner Ups:

The top 2 runner ups from each class in the Youth Worlds Qualification series are invited to attend the ODP Youth Worlds training events as training partners to the Youth Worlds team. These will act as training opportunities for these sailors to practice ahead of their own peak events for the year.

Code of Conduct:

All athletes participating in the Youth Worlds Travel Team and related training events must adhere to US Sailing's most up to date Code of Conduct.

The 48th edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships will see 382 sailors from 66 nations racing in 265 boats across nine disciplines. Corpus Christi, Texas, USA is hosting the 2018 Youth Worlds from 14-21 July 2018.

ODP Olympic Class Training Camps

The ODP runs a number of training camps annually for Olympic Classes.

ODP Olympic Class Training Camps begin with an annual event in early January that serve as a training block ahead of the Sailing World Cup Miami regatta. Subsequent training blocks are planned for the different classes, overlapping training camps when beneficial, to support Olympic Class sailors based on the class schedule that calendar year. Sailors attending the clinics receive coaching from some of the top coaches in the world, and often train alongside US Sailing Team members. The schedule for the year will be released at the end of the prior calendar year via the ODP Master Schedule.


Participation in an ODP Olympic Class Training Camp will be determined by invitation. Being invited to one camp does not insure participation in subsequent camps. Sailors invited to the training camps will meet the ODP Olympic Class Sailor Criteria.

ODP Olympic Class Travel Teams

The ODP supports a select number of Travel Teams annually in Olympic Classes, based on the class event schedules.

The Travel Team events will be announced early in the year and will be listed on the ODP Master Schedule. A sailor selected to be a part of the Travel Team must fit into the ODP Olympic Class Sailor criteria. Travel Team sailors are provided with event coaching by one of the ODP's top coaches, typically with a number of training days at the event venue in advance of the competition. Sailors will be invited to be a part of the travel team 60 days in advance of the event.

2016 Olympic Games

ODP Olympic Class Sailor Criteria

High Skill Level:
  • Previous success in the Youth Worlds Classes
  • Top results in class Nationals and North Americans
  • Competitive results in international class events such as Worlds or Europeans
High Fitness Level:
  • Have an existing fitness program
High Commitment Level:
  • Passionate about the sport
  • Personally driven
  • Responsible and accountable for planning, logistics and e-mail communications