Youth Racing News May 2018 - 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).


  • 2018 Youth Worlds Team Roster Announced
  • ARTICLE: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • National Championship Updates
  • US Junior Olympic Sailing Festival Updates
  • US Sailing Instructor Courses
  • STEM In Your Sailing Program
  • College Sailing Nationals: Watch Live!
  • Parent Resources
  • ARTICLE: Develop Youth Sailors; Build a Strong Foundation
  • ARTICLE: Winning the Race to the Right Finish Line
Youth Worlds: 2018 Team Shapes up

U.S. Youth Sailing World Championship Team Roster Announced

US Sailing has named fourteen athletes to its 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship Team. The premier event in international youth sailing, the 2018 Youth Worlds (July 14–21, Corpus Christi, Texas) is expected to include competitors from over 70 nations. The event is set to be held in U.S. waters for the first time since Newport, Rhode Island hosted the regatta in 1996, and is open to sailors under age 19.

"The ODP training camps that we have set up for this spring and fall will continue the successful model that has been used to help prepare recent U.S. Youth Worlds Teams." - Leandro Spina, US Sailing's Olympic Development Director.

The United States will send an experienced and formidable group to Corpus Christi Yacht Club, with half of the team having prior Youth Worlds experience. Three American athletes will return to defend world titles won at Sanya 2017 (China), with Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) in the Laser Radial and sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) in the I420.

there's Always more to try

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!

By John Pearce, Youth Director, US Sailing

With Opti Team Trials over, and the high school sailing season winding down, many youth racers are considering the question, what’s next? Sailing is a sport with almost unlimited options, from day sailing to offshore passages, dinghies to schooners, skiffs to cats, kiting, foiling… the list goes on. What a great time to be a sailor.

Many young racers spend a bulk of their time digging into the super popular, highly structured formats that the Optimist fleet and high school sailing provide; and with good reason. Challenging competition is plentiful, there’s a well-defined format that progresses from the regional to the national level, and lots of other kids to socialize with and form lasting friendships. But what should a young sailor look for when they spread their wings in the wider world of sailing? Here are a few thoughts:

Try Crewing:

For “graduating” Opti sailors, the prospect of shifting their focus from a singlehanded to a doublehanded class is exciting, but can also be intimidating. With so many classes to choose from, and the challenge of finding a sailing partner who is a good fit, it can feel like you’re trying out a whole new sport. But here’s a shortcut: learn the ropes as a crew in whatever boat you can get your hands on (Club 420, International 420, 29er, etc), and find a more experienced skipper to sail with who you can learn from. Many, many great sailors have learned their craft by crewing for other, more experienced sailors. Rather than reinventing the wheel, you’ll be able to soak up proven skills from your partner and make big jumps up the learning curve.

Also in this article: Try Big Boats, Try Windsurfing, and Try Racing with Adults!

RS Feva World Championship

Americans Finish On the Podium at RS Feva Worlds

By drawing upon past experience, learning and improving throughout the regatta, and keeping a relaxed attitude, American youth sailors Dieter Creitz and Conrad Miller, representing Seattle Yacht Club, secured a podium finish for the USA against a competitive international fleet in Clearwater.

"By the end of the day, I learned that you can’t send it like that and we had our gybes down perfectly. I’ve learned a lot more about flying spinnakers.”
us sailing events coming up!

Register Today: 2018 Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship

Area Qualifier Dates Posted: 2018 Junior Champs

Plan your campaign to earn a spot at the Chubb US Junior Championship:

US Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals

Find a regatta near you this summer!

Best job ever? of course.

US Sailing Instructor Certification

Working as an instructor this summer? Courses are filling up! Register today for instructor and coach certification courses:

US Sailing's instructor and coach certification courses provide sailing educators with the national standard for safe and effective instruction. US Sailing offers a variety of certifications including smallboat, keelboat, powerboat, and Reach-STEM educators. If you're teaching sailing in 2018, now is the time to sign up for a course to achieve your next level of certification.

In this episode of US Sailing's "This is what we do" series, Stu Gilfillen, Director of Education at US Sailing, discusses the instructor training and certification programs that US Sailing offers for both, sailing and powerboating.

Showdown in norfolk

Photo: Michael Wiser / ICSA

Watch Live: College Sailing Nationals, Brought To You By US Sailing

The 2018 ICSA (Intercollegiate Sailing Association) National Championships, hosted by Old Dominion University, are right around the corner. US Sailing is proud to sponsor the Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award. The Hobbs Trophy is awarded annually to the Sportsman of the Year. The trophy honors Robert Hobbs (MIT '64), past Executive Vice President of ICSA, past President of US SAILING (1992-1994), and former chair of the US SAILING Olympic Committee. Complete event info can be found here: 2018 ICSA Nationals

Additionally, US Sailing will once again present live coverage for all three events. Tune into the US Sailing or ICSA Facebook pages to catch the best collegiate sailors in the country vie for a championship. Follow on College Sailing Facebook & US Sailing Facebook.

New this year will be the ICSA National Championship App hosted on the US Sailing Events App. Search US Sailing Events in the app store on your phone (it’s free!) and then open the app and add ICSA National Championships. It will be a great way to be a part of the championship experience, whether you’re onsite or not. Download it today.

Finally, US Sailing would like to thank all of the 100% teams for their memberships this year. We want all teams to take advantage of the value US Sailing can bring to sailors and events. From more information on this initiative, please visit US Sailing 100%.

  • Women's Championship: May 22-25, 2018
  • Team Race Championship: May 26-28, 2018
  • Coed Dinghy Championship: May 29 - June 1, 2018
development done right

Parent Resources

U.S. Center for SafeSport

On February 14, 2018, a new law went into effect, S .534, the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 .” The Act designates the U .S . Center for SafeSport (The Center) as the independent national safe sport organization responsible for delivering education and resolving allegations of misconduct within the U .S . Olympic and Paralympic Movements; additionally, the law requires the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and U .S . Olympic national governing bodies (NGBs) to report child sexual abuse to law enforcement .

If your child participates in a sport organization that is a member of a national governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (such as US Sailing), the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and definitions apply. Sexual misconduct should be reported directly to the Center, and other forms of misconduct should be reported to the NGB .

The Project Play Parent Checklists

When you become a parent, your favorite athlete becomes the child that you’re raising. Yet navigating youth sports can be confusing and frustrating. Parents and caregivers often don’t know what questions to ask of themselves, their child and their sports provider to make sports a great experience.

The Project Play Parent Checklists provide 10 simple questions that parents should ask depending on the child’s age and activity level with sports. Find the checklist most relevant to your child, watch the preview video, click the View My Checklist button to take a test, and find all of the resources you need to build an athlete for life.

Building A Strong Foundation

What parents can do to build a strong foundation, by Jessica M. Mohler, Psy.D., CC-AASP Clinical and Sport Psychologist, United States Naval Academy.

I am a sailor. I started at sailing camp at the age of 10. I competed in Lasers during high school and as a varsity sailor in college. I went on to teach and coach the sport to children and adults. My current sailing endeavors include crewing on a J-22. Along the way I became a clinical and sport psychologist. I have now taken on my most challenging role, being a parent of a child who is interested in sport, including sailing.

If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are a parent who enjoys the sport of sailing and wants the best for your child, whether that means simply learning how to sail, or competing in sailboat racing.

Winning the Race to the Right Finish Line

Kevin McLaughlin, USA Hockey’s Director of Youth Hockey Development, was not looking forward to opening his email in January 2009. He knew it was going to be full of angry posts. He knew he and his colleagues at USA Hockey would be accused of destroying the game and taking the toughness out of the sport. He knew that the haters would be out in full force, trying to run the leaders of USA Hockey’s youth development team out the door.

But, USA Hockey’s leadership also knew they were in the right. They knew that in order to survive, grow, and improve, youth hockey needed to change. They needed kids to play cross-ice hockey in order to get more touches, interactions, and enjoyment out of every game.

They knew that body checking was not a necessary component of 10-year-old hockey, as growing children were more susceptible to injury and less likely to develop skillfully if the game was overly physical.

They knew that there was no need for a 12 and Under national champion to be crowned, as this title served the egos of the adults watching far more than the needs of the children playing.

They knew they needed a new model. Youth sports was on a race to the bottom, and hockey was about to pull out of that race.

They knew they needed to win the race to the right finish line.

Youth Racing News from US Sailing

CONTACT: Meredith Carroll, Youth Development Manager - meredithcarroll@ussailing.org, (401) 342-7901


Photography in this issue is copyright Will Ricketson / US Sailing, unless otherwise stated. Cover: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy.

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