Raising the Level: US Sailing’s ODP In Action
By Belle Strachan. Photos by Ryan Schack.
(LONG BEACH, CALIF.) A new wave of young US talent is hitting the water, and ready to go up against the best in the world.
The 2017 29er World Championship, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, Calif., brought together 129 teams from sixteen different countries. As an event historically held outside of the United States, this year offered young American sailors the opportunity to take advantage of racing at one of the highest levels of competition – and take advantage they did: forty-nine teams represented the United States, compared to the seven who competed at the 2016 Worlds in the Netherlands.
For class World Championship events, US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) typically develops a travel team with a specific roster of qualified sailors, and that group trains, travels and improves as a unit. Hosting the regatta in the States, however, presented the unique chance for the ODP to not only help more US sailors, but to deploy coaches and tools necessary to boost all American competitors regardless of their experience in the boat.
Notable ODP Summer Results
"We are competitive as a country, but are still improving in many areas. It's good to see more U.S. sailors in the top at major events. We are constantly improving the program and focusing on areas that need attention." - Leandro Spina, Olympic Development Director, US Sailing
Below are some notable 2017 results from junior athletes who have participated in ODP camps, and continue to be guided by world-class ODP coaches in collaboration with other top sailing organizations and youth teams from around the country.
Laser Radial Youth Worlds
- Charlotte Rose 3th
- Hallie Schiffman 13th
- Lillian Myers 20th
29er Nationals (international fleet, 126 teams)
- Allie Toppa/Jacob Rosenberg 2nd
- Neil Marcellini/Ian Brill 8th
- David Eastwood/Sam Merson 10th
- Lucas Pierce/Wells Drayton 11th
- Bella Casaretto/Ian McDiarmid 12th
- Allie Toppa/Jacob Rosenberg 7th Overall
- Neil Marcellini/Ian Brill 10th Overall
- Catharine Lindsey/Jana Laurendeau 4th (girls division)
- Talia Toland/Cate Mollerus 6th (girls division)
49er Junior Worlds
- Dane Wilson/Scott Ewin 2nd overall
- Romain Screve/Quinn Wilson 6th Overall
Laser U21 Worlds
- Henry Marshall: 10th Overall and 1st Place U19 Division
- Ford McCann 3rd (U19)
- Marshall McCann 5th (U19)
Radial U21 Worlds
- Christina Sakellaris 14th
- Carly Brussard 16th
- Sophia Reineke 20th
RSX Youth Worlds
- Geronimo Nores 10th Overall
Windsurf T293+ Worlds
- Manuel Nores 12th Overall
- Emma Kaneti/Ciara Rodriguez 3rd Girls Division
- Carmen Cowles/Emma Cowles 11th
- Michelle Lahrkamp/Gabriella del Bello 13th
- Dylan Ascencios/Nick Chisari 14th Boys Division
420 Jr Europeans
- Dylan Ascencios/Nick Chisari 2nd Overall
- Carmen Cowles/Emma Cowles 4th Girls Division
- Emma Kaneti/Ciara Rodriguez 7th Girls Division
ODP Heavy Weather Camp Challenges Youth Worlds Team and Others In San Francisco
This past Labor Day, over 40 youth sailors participated in the ODP Heavy Weather Training Camp, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, with support from Quantum Racing, the St. Francis Sailing Foundation and the Belvedere Cove Foundation. The camp was the first of three training sessions being held this fall to prep the 2017 U.S. Youth Worlds Team for the upcoming worlds in Sanya, China in December.
The camp was also the first of a new regional format for certain ODP camps. Under the new system, local sailors are invited along with their coach to train alongside other ODP sailors and Olympic-level coaches.
After a slight wind delay on day one, days two and three followed with the typically strong San Francisco breeze. Sailors received great value as they put their heavy weather skills and tactics to use while training with world-class coaches including Quantum Racing's Grant Spanhake, Olympian Kevin Hall, Olympic medalist Caleb Paine , Olympian and yacht designer Pete Melvin , US Sailing Team member David Liebenberg and Youth Worlds veteran and skiff coach Dane Wilson.
The next ODP Youth World Team Prep camps will take place in Miami, Florida and will focus on speed training and racing tactics.
"Regional racing teams and coaches that are interested in participating in the November ODP camp in Florida should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org." - Meredith Carroll, Youth Development Manager, US Sailing