Youth Racing News July 2017 - US Sailing

US Sailing's Youth racing newsletter is your source for updates on the national effort to support youth racing, regatta and clinic participation, performance education and the Olympic Development Program (ODP).


  • 2017 U.S. Youth Worlds Team Roster Announced
  • ODP Youth Travel Teams Boost Ambitious American Sailors
  • U.S. Sailors Earn Top International Results In High-Performance Classes
  • Youth Champs and Youth Olympic Games Athlete Selection Details
  • US National Championships: Latest News and Results
  • US Sailing Mourns Tragic Loss of Young Sailor
Heading for the big stage

2017 U.S. Youth Worlds Team Roster Announced

Members of the 2017 U.S. Youth Worlds Team gathered with Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing Malcolm Page (left) at the conclusion of the 2017 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas.

US Sailing has named fourteen athletes to its 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship Team. The premier event in international youth sailing, the Youth Worlds is expected to include competitors from over 70 nations. The event is set to be held in Sanya, Hainan Island, China, from December 9-16. The 47th edition of the Youth Worlds is open to sailors under age 19, and each U.S. athlete earned a berth on the team during a two-event selection series.

“I am very excited with our roster for this years’s Youth Worlds Team,” said Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing’s Olympic Development Director. “Each member of this year’s team earned a spot while participating in the most competitive Youth Worlds qualifier system that we’ve ever had."

"Here in the U.S., high-performance youth racing classes now have more depth in terms of both numbers and quality than was the case even a short time ago. US Sailing’s Olympic Develop Program (ODP) has had a part to play in this growth, but it has really been a national effort with many different organizations and leaders involved. With the two-event selection system that we used to determine most of our roster spots for the Youth Worlds, some berths were won on the last leg of the last race of the final qualifier regatta. These sailors have all truly earned it, and it proves that the standard of sailing is rising in the U.S., both at the local and national levels.”

With the athlete selection process now complete, the 2017 Youth Worlds Team will continue to train extensively both on an individual basis and as a group in the lead up to December. US Sailing ODP Training Camps and Travel Teams, scheduled to be held at locations across the country and at regatta venues around the world, will play key roles in the final preparation of the team.

2017 US Sailing Youth World Championship Team:

  • Laser Radial (Boy): Joseph Hou (Newport Beach, Calif.)
  • Laser Radial Girls: Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas)
  • 420 Girls: Carmen Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.)
  • 420 Boys: Thomas Rice (Garden City, N.J.) and Trevor Bornarth (Stuart, Fla.)
  • Nacra 15: Mark Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.) and Dylan Heinz (Sarasota, Fla.)
  • 29er Boys: Neil Marcellini (Lafayette, Calif.) and Ian Brill (San Diego, Calif.)
  • 29er Girls: Berta Puig (Key Biscayne, Fla.) and Charlotte Mack (Palm City, Fla.)
  • RS:X Boys: Steven Cramer (Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • RS:X Girls: Dominique Stater (Bethesda, Md.)

Watch: Sailors and leaders talk about the Youth Worlds, what it takes to get there, the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and the path to improving U.S. racing performance.

World-class performance training

ODP Youth Travel Teams Boost Ambitious American Sailors

US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) is offering support to American sailors competing at top international events this summer through four ODP Travel Teams, which will compete at the Laser and Laser Radial U21 Worlds, the Laser Radial Youth Worlds, The Laser Radial Worlds (Open) and the recently-completed 49er Junior Worlds. US Sailing’s ODP named rosters of athletes for each event, who will receive world-class coaching and management support as they seek to develop high-level skills, gain experience, and earn top results on the international stage.

“The ODP Travel Team concept has been in place for over two years now, and we’ve seen some impressive results from the U.S. sailors involved during that stretch,” said Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing’s Olympic Development Director.

“As is the case with the ODP training camps that we hold around the country all year, the focus with our travel teams is always on skill-building and in attaining overall improvement as athletes. I’m proud of the effort that all of our sailors and coaches have already put in, and we expect a great summer of racing this year.”

ODP Travel Team competition has already enjoyed a strong start, with Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) and Scott Ewing (Miami, Fla.) taking second at the 49er Junior Worlds (June 29 – July 2) in Kingston, Canada. The next event will be the Laser U21 Worlds (July 26-August 2), which starts this week in Nieuwpoort, Belgium.

With the 2017 29er class World Championships set to be held in home waters in Long Beach, California next week, in place of a travel team the ODP will support all American sailors at the event with coaching on a broad scale. US Sailing coaches including 2-time Olympic Champion and Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing Malcolm Page (Newport, R.I), Leandro Spina, staff coach Willie McBride (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Rio 2016 Olympian Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.) will work with key regional sailing programs and coaches to provide world-class support to a large and inclusive group of junior athletes, with the goal of increasing the overall level of the American contingent.

Recent Success for U.S. Sailors At Major Events

Below are some notable recent results from American sailors, all of whom have trained with US Sailing's Olympic Development Program in high-performance classes.

2017 49er and 49erFX Junior Worlds

June 29 – July 2 in Kingston, Canada

  • 2nd overall, 49er: Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) and Scott Ewing (Miami, Fla.)
  • 6th overall, 49erFX: Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) and Romain Screve (Kentfield, Calif.)

2017 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships

June 24 - July 1 in Circolo Surf Torbole, Italy

  • 8th overall, Men: Geronimo Nores (Miami, Fla.)
  • 40th overall (gold fleet), Men: Steven Cramer (Miami Beach, Fla.)

2017 49er North Americans

June 23-25 in Kingston, Canada

  • 1st overall, 49er: Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.) and Mac Agnese (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • 6th overall, 49er: Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) and Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.)
High-Performance pathways

New Details Released: Youth Champs & Youth Olympic Games

Important athlete selection details have been released by US Sailing for two of next year's key youth events.

2018 Youth Olympic Games

Venue: Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 6-18, 2018)

Classes: Kiteboarding (Boys and Girls IKA Twin Tip Racing Slalom and Boardercross disciplines), Windsurfing (Boys and Girls Techno 293+), Two-Person Multihull (Mixed Nacra 15)

US Sailing has released details of the athlete selection process for the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Sailing Team. Held every four years, the Youth Olympic Games (Buenos Aires 2018) will be the third edition of the event, and is expected to include nearly 4,000 athletes from over 200 nations. The sailing events are expected to include 100 athletes aged 15-18, and will run from October 6-18, 2018.

2018 U.S. Youth Championship

Venue: Carolina Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC (June 23-27, 2018)

Classes: Laser, Radial, Nacra 15, I420, 29er, Techno 293 Plus

New information is now available about athlete selection and early acceptance for the 2018 Youth Champs.

fun Racing, constant learning

US Sailing Mourns Tragic Loss of Young Sailor

All of us at US Sailing – our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers – are deeply saddened to learn that a young sailing student tragically died as a result of a powerboat accident on Long Island Sound on Tuesday, July 18.

This is a time for grieving and our deepest condolences go out to the sailor’s family, to the instructors, staff and volunteers of the Centerport Yacht Club. The sailing community is one big family, and as a family, we are united in support and sympathy.

We are in the peak of junior sailing season in this country and our instructors and parents and program volunteers are actively engaged in sailing instruction. So much good work and effort goes into running a sailing program, requiring the dedication of countless volunteers and staff. We encourage everyone to have ongoing conversations around the topic of safety, reviewing safety plans and emergency protocols.

US Sailing has offered our support to the Centerport Yacht Club. As we learn more about this tragic accident, there may be further helpful information to share as appropriate. For now, we will follow the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound’s lead and fly our ensign at half-staff.

building a strong future

Youth Racing News from US Sailing

PRESS CONTACT: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager -, (401) 683-0800


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