Selection

Youth Worlds 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 members must qualify for the team each year, based on their on-the-water results at pre-determined qualifying event(s).

Athlete selection procedures and requirements for the 2019 US Sailing Youth Worlds Team can be found HERE (posted August 17, 2018).

Venue:

 Gdynia, Poland | July 13‐19, 2019

Age Eligibility:

 All prospective athletes shall be under the age of 19 years on 31 December 2019 (born after 31 December 2000).

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
  • Mixed Multihull – Nacra 15

USA Qualification to the Youth Worlds

US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) will select one eligible prospective athlete in each of the single‐handed classes and one team of two eligible prospective athletes for each of the double‐handed classes to represent their country at the 49th Youth Sailing World Championship 2019 to be held in Gdynia, Poland. Please refer to the 2019 U.S. Youth Worlds Team Selection Procedures for further details.

Laser Radial, i420, 29er & Nacra15 : qualification will be based on a two‐event qualification system as outlined below:

First Event:

  • Laser Radial: Radial Midwinters East | February 21-24 | Clearwater, FL
  • i420: i420 North American Championship | January 19-21 | Coconut Grove, FL
  • 29er: 29er Youth Worlds Qualifier #1 | February 16-18 | Miami Beach, FL
  • Nacra 15: Nacra 15 Midwinter’s East | February 16-18 | New Orleans, LA

Second Event:

  • Laser Radial: Radial Midwinters West | March 22-24 | Marina Del Rey, CA
  • i420: i420 Midwinter Championship | February 16-18 | Miami Beach, FL
  • 29er: 29er Midwinters West | March 22-24 | Coronado, CA
  • Nacra 15: St.FYC Spring Dinghy/Nacra 15 Midwinter’s West | March 22-24 | San Francisco, CA

RS:X (both genders):

The OSC will select by sailing resume based on the following criteria:

  • Physical
    • Possesses appropriate fitness and strength as evidenced by performance in 2018 and 2019 regattas on windsurfing equipment.
    • Has the appropriate physical size to be at a competitive height and weight for the RS:X equipment.
  • Technical Proficiency
    • Board handling and trim techniques on windsurfing equipment (tacking, gybing, sail trim, starting line acceleration and balance), as well as race situations and tactics, as evidenced by performances in 2018 and 2019 regattas.
    • Experience on RS:X equipment in wide range of wind/wave conditions.
  • Athletes are encouraged to compete in the following regattas:
    • Orange Bowl International Youth Windsurfing Regatta | Dates TBD | Coconut Grove, FL
    • Clearwater Midwinters | Dates TBD | Clearwater, FL
  • All individuals must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the Athlete Eligibility section in this document. Eligible athletes must submit their sailing resume and a 2019 training plan to Meredith Carroll (meredithcarroll@ussailing.org) by March 31, 2019.

Please refer to the 2019 U.S. Youth Worlds Team Selection Procedures for further details.

 2018 TEAM

The 2018 Youth Words was held in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, from July 14-21, 2018.

Final Report: Medal Haul for USA at Youth Worlds 2018 (July 20, 2018)

  • Laser Radial Boy: Chase Carraway (Wrightsville Beach, N.C.)
  • Laser Radial Girl: Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) - GOLD MEDALIST
  • 420 Girls: Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) - GOLD MEDALISTS
  • 420 Boys: J.C. Hermus (Bellport, N.Y.) and Walter Henry (Syosset, N.Y.) - GOLD MEDALISTS
  • 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.) - SILVER MEDALISTS
  • RS:X Boys: Geronimo Nores (Miami Beach, Fla.) - GOLD MEDALIST
  • 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.

 2017 TEAM

The 2017 Youth Words was held in Sanya, China, from December 9-16, 2017.

2017 Youth Worlds Team Selection Procedures

Athlete selection procedures and requirements for the 2017 US Sailing Youth Worlds Team can be found HERE (amended May 8, 2017).

US Sailing’s 2017 Youth World Championship Team:

  • Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) - GOLD MEDALIST
  • Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Joseph Hou (Newport Beach, Calif.)
  • International 420 (girl’s two person dinghy): Carmen Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) - GOLD MEDALISTS
  • International 420 (boy’s two person dinghy): Thomas Rice (Garden City, N.J.) and Trevor Bornath (Stuart, Fla.) - SILVER MEDALISTS
  • 29er (girl’s high performance dinghy): Berta Puig (Key Biscayne, Fla.) and Charlotte Mack (Stuart, Fla.)
  • 29er (boy’s high performance dinghy): Ian Brill (San Diego, Calif.) and Neil Marcellini (Lafayette, Calif.)
  • RS:X (girl’s windsurfer): Dominique Stater (currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • RS:X (boy’s windsurfer): Steven Cramer (Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • Nacra 15 (open multihull): Mark Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.) and Dylan Heinz (Sarasota, Fla.)

2016 TEAM

The 2016 Youth Worlds were held in Auckland, New Zealand from December 14-20, 2016, in conjunction with World Sailing and Yachting New Zealand.

2016 Youth Worlds Team Selection Procedures

Athlete selection procedures and requirements for the 2016 US Sailing Youth Worlds Team can be found HERE (amended August 26, 2016).

US Sailing’s 2016 Youth World Championship Team:

  • Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Sophia Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Carrson Pearce (Manahawkin, N.J.) - BRONZE MEDALIST
  • International 420 (girl’s two person dinghy): Kathryn Hall (Haverford, Penn.) and Ashton Borcherding (Greenwich, Conn.)
  • International 420 (boy’s two person dinghy): Wiley Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.) - GOLD MEDALISTS
  • 29er (girl’s high performance dinghy): Louisa Nordstrom (Osprey, Fla.) and Catherine Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.)
  • 29er (boy’s high performance dinghy): Ryan Ratliffe (San Diego, Calif.) and Sam Merson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
  • RS:X (girl’s windsurfer): No Selection
  • RS:X (boy’s windsurfer): Geronimo Nores (Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • Nacra 15 (open multihull): Romaine Screve (Kentfield, Calif.) and Ian Brill (San Diego, Calif.) - SILVER MEDALISTS

*Note: No female US RS:X sailor qualified for the 2016 Youth Worlds Team