Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Champs in San Diego

Published on August 11th, 2016

San Diego, CA (August 11, 2016) – The Greater San Diego area has been a hub for US Sailing Junior Championships this summer. On the heels of this week’s U.S. Youth Sailing Championships in Coronado, the Mission Bay Yacht Club will host US Sailing’s oldest championship this Friday through Monday. The 2016 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships will feature three days of racing for the historic Sears Cup, Bemis Trophy and Smythe Trophy.

A highly-skilled group of young sailors representing a new generation of top racers are eager to test themselves against their peers from around the country in single-, double-, and triplehanded competition. First sailed in 1921, sailors compete regionally to earn an opportunity to race at this championship in one of three fleets. Competing sailors range in age between 13 and 18. Each Area is eligible to send at least one sailor/team to compete in each of the fleets for the 2016 event:

* U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy to be sailed in the Laser Radial.
* U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis Trophy to be sailed in the Club 420.
* U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup to be sailed in the Lightning.

List of Competitors … click here

The top two Youth Champs eligible single- and doublehanded teams will receive early acceptance to the 2017 U.S. Youth Championships in a boat of their choice.

Sailors will take part in onshore and on-water clinics on Friday to hone their skills and acclimate themselves to the racing conditions and the boats. The Radial and Club 420s will be sailing on the waters of the Pacific Ocean while the Lightnings will be sailed on Mission Bay itself. The following coaches will be on site to work with the sailors throughout the championship:

Richard Feeny – US Sailing Junior National Coach
Jon Rogers – Head Coach, Coronado Yacht Club
Kevin Burnham – 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
Brett Davis – Five-time US Sailing Team Member
Sarah Lihan – 2012 Olympian

Championship History – Previous Winners
A long and distinguished list of past winners who advanced their sailing to the highest levels of national and international competition.

U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup …click here
U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis Trophy …click here
U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy …click here

Sportsmanship and Seamanship Awards
Singlehanded – Faye Bennet Sportsmanship Award
Doublehanded – Bemis Sportsmanship Award
Triplehanded – Cox Sportsmanship Award

The Seamanship Trophy will be awarded to the triplehanded Team that receives the greatest number of points for neatness and general ship-shape condition of their boats.

This event is sponsored by Chubb Insurance Group, Zim Sailing, Gill North America, and Switlik Survival Products. Chubb, a long-time supporter of this championship and youth sailing, has been title sponsor of the U.S. Junior Sailing Championship for over a decade. The equally matched Club 420 sailboats are supplied by Zim Sailing. Zim has been a sponsor and boat provider for this championship over the past five years and is dedicated to the growth of the sport and moving dinghy sailing forward.

This US Sailing National Championship is a Sailors for the Sea certified – Clean Regatta.

Event Coverage & Social Media
* For social media coverage, results and standings, photo gallery, video highlights and more information from the 2016 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, please visit the event website.
* For breaking news and race results, follow Twitter hashtag – #ChubbChamps16 – and participate in the conversation throughout the championship on all social media platforms.

Event Website

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

Source: US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish, jakefish@ussailing.org

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