Please select your home edition
Edition
Armstrong-Suptonic-728x90-2 TOP

Top young American sailors prepare for 2021 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships

by US Sailing 7 Oct 14:15 PDT October 8-11, 2021
U.S. Youth Sailing Championships © US Sailing

For more than forty years, the U.S. Youth Championship has been US Sailing's pinnacle youth regatta, featuringthe nation's top young competitors racing in high-performance classes. In 2021, 156 sailors, 19-years-old and younger, will contest the regatta in the 29er, International 420, ILCA 7 (Standard), ILCA 6 (Radial), and Nacra 15. Sailors will gather at YMCA Camps Sea Gull & Seafarer in Arapahoe, North Carolina for the competition, with a practice day on Friday, October 8 followed by three days of racing culminating on Monday, October 11.

"We are excited about welcoming competitors to Camp Sea Gull as we host the 2021 US Sailing Youth Championship," says Terrell Kennedy, regatta host at YMCA Camps Sea Gull & Seafarer. "We have hosted large regattas in the past, but this is the first multi-class event at our site. Everyone is energized by the different classes of boats on display and the experience and talent of the athletes racing them. "

2019 Youth Sailing Champion in the Laser Radial, Chapman Petersen, will return this weekend to defend his Youth Championship title. "I thoroughly look forward to seeing many of the friends I've made throughout sailing in the last ten years, especially those from other classes who I don't get to see often" says Petersen. "But most, of course, I look forward to competing.... Robby Meek was exceptional this summer, as well as other talented sailors on the Lauderdale team and elsewhere. Nevertheless, we haven't had a national event in many months, so I also expect to see some brand new names at the top of the Radial fleet. It's always exciting to see who has been putting in work since the last event."

In addition to the high level of competition that will be on display this weekend, the event also features coaching from six coaches who will support the regatta's mission to facilitate education and development opportunities.

This year's US Sailing Fleet Coaches are:

  • Richard Feeny, Youth Champs Head Coach, US Sailing
  • Mitch Brindley, Head Coach, Old Dominion University
  • Robbie Daniel, Head Coach, Red Gear Racing
  • Dane Wilson, US Sailing Team athlete, 49er Class
  • Ward Cromwell, Head Coach, College of Charleston
  • John Pearce, Sport Development Director, US Sailing

This year is the first year that this event is being raced in the Fall. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships were cancelled, and with a number of regattas being postponed in early 2021, the US Youth Championship Committee wanted to provide more time for sailors to practice and compete ahead of the event this weekend.

"We are excited to see a lot of new faces at this year's Youth Champs after having to cancel the regatta last year" says John Pearce, US Sailing Sport Development Director. "The ILCA 6 fleet is particularly strong after so many sailors gravitated to singlehanded sailing during the pandemic, and overall we are looking forward to capping off 2021 with a great regatta."

There is a longstanding partnership between the host venue and US Sailing. "For years, we have been integrating the US Sailing curriculum and certifications into our programs and hold their organization in high regard for their commitment to youth development," says Kennedy. "It is a privilege and honor to work alongside them for this event. We are grateful to have the opportunity and we hope everyone enjoys their time here with us."

For more information, and to follow the racing with results and daily recaps, visit event page.

Related Articles

USST integrates Garmin into their Training Program
US Sailing Team sailors used Garmin wearables from the Quatix and Forerunner series In training for Tokyo, and while racing on Sagami Bay this summer, the US Sailing Team used Garmin wearables and handhelds to provide both sailors and coaches meaningful insights. Posted on 23 Nov
USA wraps Skiff/Nacra Worlds with top results
Best 49er score in decades at Mussanah, Oman The final fleet and medal race delivered what sailing fans live for; strategy, execution, and nail-biting finishes. Posted on 22 Nov
2021 Rolex Yachtsman, Yachtswoman of the Year
Submit your nominations to recognize sailors in your community Every major sport has their own iconic award to recognize and celebrate excellence. Posted on 19 Nov
6 US teams ready for Oman Worlds
49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 sailors prepare for tricky conditions The pinnacle event of the annual Skiff and Nacra schedules has arrived: the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships. Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea are on the water 3 months after Tokyo 2020, looking to stake their claim on the podium. Posted on 16 Nov
Alex Temko and Fiona Wylde win iQFoil US Nationals
The three-day event flew by almost as fast as a foil glides through the water The three-day iQFoil National Championship flew by almost as fast as a foil glides through the water. Battling a wide range of conditions, the fleet experienced both the low end [6-7 knots] and high end, [14-15 knots], of the Slalom course. Posted on 15 Nov
iQFoil National Championships kicks off
23 competitors from six countries will take the water 14 US iQFoil athletes are ready to fly in Clearwater, Florida for the 2021 US National and Gulf Coast Championships. 23 competitors from six countries will take the water at Clearwater Community Sailing Center. Posted on 12 Nov
Tom Whitehurst wins U.S. Multihull Championship
The largest U.S. Multihull Championship in recent history Tom Whitehurst (Pensacola, FL) won the 2021 U.S. Multihull Championship, sailed from November 1-5, and hosted by the Formula Wave Class and Corpus Christi Yacht Club. Posted on 6 Nov
U.S. Multihull Championship preview
Corpus Christi Yacht Club to host the event next week Last but certainly not least in the 2021 US Sailing Championship Season, Corpus Christi Yacht Club and the Formula Wave Class will host the U.S. Multihull Championship on November 1-5. Posted on 1 Nov
iQFoil European Championships wrapped
USA looking to future as iQFoil squad takes shape The iQFoil European Championships concluded on October 28 in Marseille, France, the future sailing venue of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Posted on 30 Oct
2021 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship
Gulf Yachting Association team takes top spot After four days of racing on Gavelston Bay, Max Albert (Pontchartrain YC) and his crew representing the Gulf Yachting Association won the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship and the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy. Posted on 24 Oct
Henr-Lloyd 2021 For the love of foul weather FOOTERVaikobi 2021 Black Friday - FOOTERDoyle Sails 2020 - Pure Brilliance 728x90 BOTTOM