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.)