2017 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship

Published on June 14th, 2017

The 2017 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup will be held June 16 to 18 on Eagle Mountain Lake in Ft Worth, Texas. This invitational event for 16 to 20 year olds has served as a training ground for young sailors who are passionate about match racing and focused on competing at the next level.

Ten teams of four, consisting of at least one female crew per boat, will be racing J/22s. Five-time U.S. Match Racing Champion, Dave Perry, will lead a North U Advanced Match Racing Clinic on June 14-15 to jump-start the competition.

“I’m really excited to work with the 40 sailors competing this week at the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship,” said Perry. “They are the best youth match racers in the country and will soon be competing at the college level and for the U.S. Match Racing Championship.”

Originally known as the Rose Cup, this event was founded by members of the Balboa Yacht Club and the Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association, and was started as an invitational youth match race event in 2010.

The mission of the event is to promote youth match racing in the U.S. and improve the skills of racers from around the country in national and international competition. In 2015, US Sailing elevated the Rose Cup to an official US Sailing National Championship.

The top finishing skipper will receive an invitation to the 2017 Governor’s Cup on July 17-22 at the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, Calif.

The top finishing skipper will also qualify for the 2017 Oakcliff Halloween Invitational on October 28-29 at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

This regatta is the first of two US Sailing National Championships in the match racing discipline this year, with Oakcliff Sailing to host the U.S. Match Racing Championship on October 13-15.

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