Please select your home edition
Hyde Sails 2023 Wuzzos - LEADERBOARD

A month-long World Championship Marathon for the US Sailing Team in October

by US Sailing Team 10 Oct 2022 16:41 PDT
October Schedule © Allison Chenard, USST

Like a 4th of July fireworks show finale, the month of October will serve as a grand conclusion for the 2022 Olympic sailing circuit, with four World Championships happening over the course of the month.

From Italy to Texas, France to Israel, athletes from the US Sailing Team and Olympic Development Program are putting the pedal to the metal to finish off the year's international racing calendar.

"It's going to be an interesting month with four World Championships across the spectrum of Olympic Sailing," said Paul Cayard, Executive Director of US Olympic Sailing. "Our athletes have been working hard all year and I know they are looking forward to the opportunity to race against the best in the World."

Read below for brief overviews of each of the four upcoming World Championships, and subscribe to our mailing list to get updates throughout the month of October.

Formula Kite World Championships
Poetto, Italy | Racing October 11-16 | Event Website

On the water for the US Sailing Team and Olympic Development Program:

  • Markus Edegran, US Sailing Team
  • Daniela Moroz, US Sailing Team
  • Noah Runciman, Olympic Development Program
  • Kirstyn O'Brien, Olympic Development Program
  • Evan Heffernan, Olympic Development Program

All eyes are on Daniela Moroz, who has held the World Champion title for the last five years. But with Formula Kite now an Olympic discipline, the competitive landscape has changed since her first victory in 2016. The French and British kiters have proven fierce competitors, looking to chase Moroz's success.

"I'm definitely feeling the pressure, but I'm really confident in the preparation I did, especially over the last couple months," said Moroz. "I've been meeting with my sports psychologist regularly to help establish a good mindset going into this event and I'm more excited than ever for next week."

The Formula Kite fleet is hot off the European Championship in Nafpaktos, Greece where US Sailing Team athlete Markus Edegran posted his first top-10 finish in an international event. Earlier this year, Edegran secured his first international podium in Lake Garda, Italy, and has continued the upward trajectory ever since.

"I've put in a lot of good work this summer and it's great to see steady improvement on the results sheet even as the fleet continues to get hyper competitive," said Edegran. "It was great to take the momentum from earlier in the summer into the Europeans and put up a solid result just a week before the Worlds."

ILCA 6 World Championship
Kemah, Texas | Racing October 11-16 | Event Website

On the water for the US Sailing Team and Olympic Development Program:

  • Charlotte Rose, US Sailing Team
  • Christina Sakellaris, Olympic Development Program

It's back to familiar territory for US Sailing Team athlete Charlotte Rose at the ILCA 6 World Championship. Originally intended to be raced in Qingdao, China, the event was moved to Texas due to Covid restrictions in China - a welcome relocation for the recent college graduate and Texas native. Back in 2018, Rose won her second consecutive Youth World Champion title on Corpus Christi waters in the ILCA 6, a feat that hadn't been achieved in 10 years.

"Being back on home waters gives me a lot of nostalgia and brings back great memories from my youth career," said Rose. "I've been excited to show the international fleet my home and I take great pride in representing Texas at this World Championship. The squad has put in so many hours on and off the water the past few months and I'm really looking forward to showing our skills and the work we've been putting in at home."

iQFOiL World Championships
Brest, France | Racing October 17-22 | Event Website

On the water for the US Sailing Team and Olympic Development Program:

  • Pedro Pascual, US Sailing Team
  • Alex Temko, Olympic Development Program
  • Dominique Stater, Olympic Development Program
  • Noah Lyons, Olympic Development Program

The 2022 iQFOiL World Championships will be the first World Championships that Rio and Tokyo Olympian Pedro Pascual will compete in using the new foiling equipment.

"I had to be really efficient in my learning and how I approached our training sessions to make the most out of it," said Pascual about the transition from RS:X to iQFOiL. "It was intense at first - I fell a lot and took some hard crashes. By this summer, I got some tangible evidence of my hard work paying off, with solid performances at training regattas in Marseille, the Paris 2024 venue, and in Brest, where Worlds are taking place. I'm really excited to take on Worlds with the squad and leave it all on the water as a team."

470 World Championship
Sdot Yam, Israel | Racing October 24-29 | Event Website

On the water for the US Sailing Team & Oyster Bay 470 Team:

  • Louisa Nordstrom & Trevor Bornarth

The 470 class is no stranger to the Olympic stage, dating back to the 1976 Montreal Summer Games, but the mixed discipline of one male / one female will make its debut in Paris 2024. US Sailing Team athletes Louisa Nordstrom and Trevor Bornarth have been training and racing together since before the Tokyo 2020 Games when the 470 was still one female boat / one male boat. The two have been climbing the scoresheets with their best performance last month at the 470 European Championship in Çesme, Izmir, Turkey -- a 13th overall finish and just 6 points out of the medal race.

"We're very happy with our finish at Europeans," said Bornarth. "We focused on taking it one race at a time and playing to our strengths. We had some great races in the light wind, but we also were happy with the improvements that we've made in windier conditions. We look forward to continuing the momentum at the World Championship in Israel."

Related Articles

Clearwater US Open Preview
There's a lot on the line for athletes in Florida Next weekend wraps the Florida series of the 2023 US Open Sailing Series (which debuted in this iteration in 2021 but builds off the success of popular Olympic Class Regattas (OCRs) prior to 2021). Posted on 29 Jan
Selection procedures announced for Para Classes
At the 2023 Sailing World Championships US Sailing is excited to announce selection procedures for Para Classes at the 2023 Sailing World Championships. Posted on 27 Jan
US Sailing Foundation announces grant recipients
The Kevin Burnham Memorial Fund was established in 2022 The US Sailing Foundation awarded the inaugural Kevin Burnham Memorial Grants to three promising young sailors in December. Posted on 26 Jan
Read US Sailing's Reach Impact Report
2022 saw grants continue to support STEM programs US Sailing has released the 2022 Reach Initiative Impact Report. Since its inception in 2012, Reach, US Sailing's STEM Education Initiative, has had an immeasurable impact on youth across the country. Posted on 25 Jan
2023 David Storrs Match Racing Grant Program
The program provides reimbursement up to $5,000 per team to pay for expenses US Sailing and the US Match Racing Committee have opened the annual David Storrs Match Racing Grant Program, which provides monetary support to US match racers between the ages of 19 and 29. Posted on 19 Jan
Miami & Ft. Lauderdale US Open Sailing Series 2023
The first stop saw a wide range of conditions The first stops on the US Open Sailing Series wrapped January 16 in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL. Competitors saw a wide range of conditions - from zero knots to gusts over 20 knots - on the ocean and in Biscayne Bay. Posted on 18 Jan
2023 US Open Sailing Series begins
230 competitors will descend on South Florida this weekend Over 230 competitors from 22 countries will descend on South Florida this weekend for the Miami and Fort Lauderdale US Open Sailing Series. Posted on 14 Jan
US Sailing announces 2022 finalists
For the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards Three men and three women have been chosen as finalists for US Sailing's 2022 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards. Posted on 12 Jan
US Sailing reveals Youth Championships details
Changes and updates to the regatta format The 2023 Championships represent another evolution of these regattas, while also carrying forward the history and traditions that make them special. Posted on 22 Dec 2022
Sailing Leadership Forum schedule announced
Biannual conference for sailing leaders from sail training and education US Sailing has announced the full schedule, sponsors, and exhibitors for the Sailing Leadership Forum, a biannual conference for sailing leaders from sail training and education. Posted on 14 Dec 2022
Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTERNorth Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTER