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2019 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships to be raced this week on San Francisco Bay

by US Sailing 8 Aug 04:20 PDT 9-11 August 2019
2018 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships © Matthew Cohen

The Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation and the Redwood City community, located north of San Jose, are welcoming nearly 100 young and talented sailors to their spectacular venue situated on San Francisco Bay for the 2019 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships. US Sailing's oldest championship will feature three days of racing for the historic Sears Cup, Bemis Trophy and Smythe Trophy this Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11.

These highly-skilled young sailors representing their home yacht clubs or local sailing organizations are eager to test themselves against their peers from around the country in single-, double-, and triplehanded competition.

First sailed in 1921, sailors compete regionally to earn an opportunity to race at this championship in one of three fleets. Competing sailors range in age between 13 and 18. Each Area is eligible to send at least one sailor/team to compete in each of the fleets for the 2018 event:

  • U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy to be sailed in the Laser Radial.
  • U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis Trophy to be sailed in the Club 420.
  • U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup to be sailed in the Open 5.7.
  • List of Competitors
The top three eligible athletes in the singlehanded fleet will receive early acceptance to the 2020 U.S. Youth Championships.

"The Chubb U.S. Junior Championships has a rich history, with many of sailing's greats having competed over the years for the Sears, Bemis, and Smythe trophies," said John Pearce, Youth Director at US Sailing. "This regatta draws top talent from the regional level and gives them the opportunity to be a part of a great tradition, while also learning from top coaches and looking ahead to the highest levels of the sport. It's a special event, and I'm particularly excited that the Sears Cup is being sailed in a very modern design this year, the Open 5.70, which will really challenge the competitors."

Sailors are taking part in onshore and on-water clinics with a collection of top coaches from around the country on Thursday, August 8 to hone their skills and acclimate themselves to the racing conditions and the boats.

The following coaches are on site working with the sailors throughout the championship:

  • Richard Feeny: US Sailing Youth National Coach - Bemis fleet coach
  • Kevin Burnham: 2 time Olympic medalist - Bemis fleet coach
  • Adam Corpuz-Lahne: Head coach at St. Francis Yacht Club - Smythe fleet coach
  • Hannah Tuson-Turner: Former Sailing Program Director at Orcas Island Yacht Club - Smythe fleet coach
  • Mike Scott: Director of Youth Sailing and Head Coach at Encinal Yacht Club - Sears fleet coach

For more information visit the event website.

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