US Sailing Releases Athlete Selection System

Published on September 25th, 2017

Portsmouth, RI (September 25, 2017) – US Sailing has released details of the athlete selection system for the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship (July 14‐21, 2018), which will be held in home waters at Corpus Christi, Texas. In seven of the nine classes, the selection process will consist of two well-established domestic youth regattas.

“We have been happy with the two-event system, which has been proven successful both for selecting the best sailors for the Youth Worlds and for fostering strong competition here at home,” said Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.) US Sailing’s Olympic Development Director. “Using existing class racing events for our Youth Worlds qualifiers is beneficial to many important groups in U.S. youth sailing.

“It helps improve the health of key skill-building youth classes, and allows us to have a logical, non-disruptive and class-by-class approach to selecting our team. The Olympic Development Program (ODP), which manages the Youth Worlds Team, wants to keep working closely with athletes, parents, regatta managers, regional racing teams and class associations to build a stronger youth racing pipeline for high-performance sailing. As the world’s premier junior regatta, the Youth Worlds is a big focus for us.”

For the complete 2018 U.S. Youth Worlds Team Selection Procedures, click HERE.

Key Information:
* 2018 Youth Worlds Venue: Corpus Christi, TX, USA | July 14‐21, 2018
* Age Eligibility: All prospective athletes shall be under the age of 19 years on 31 December 2018 (born after 31 December 1999).
* Equipment: The USA qualification events to the Youth Worlds will be conducted with the equipment (sailboat classes) listed below. This list is subject to change if and only if World Sailing announces a different list of equipment for the Youth Worlds.
Boy’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Girls’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Boy’s Two Person Dinghy – i420
Girls’s Two Person Dinghy – i420
Boy’s Windsurfer – RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
Girl’s Windsurfer – RS:X with 8.5m2 sail & 60cm fin
Boy’s Skiff – 29er
Girl’s Skiff – 29er
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 15

USA Qualification to the Youth Worlds
US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) will select one eligible prospective athlete in each of the single‐handed classes and one team of two eligible prospective athletes for each of the double‐handed classes to represent their country at the 48th Youth Sailing World Championship 2018 to be held in Corpus Christi, USA.

Laser Radial, i420, 29er & Nacra15 qualification will be based on a two‐event qualification system as outlined below.

First Event:
Laser Radial: Radial Atlantic Coast Championship | January 13-15 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL
i420: i420 North American Championship | January 13-15 | Coconut Grove, FL
29er: Spring High Performance Regatta | March 2-4 | Houston, TX
Nacra 15: Nacra 15 Regatta |January 2-4|Clearwater, FL

Second Event:
Laser Radial: Spring High Performance Regatta | March 2-4 | Houston, TX
i420: i420 Midwinter Championship |February 17-19 | Miami Beach, FL
29er: 29er Midwinters East |March 16-18 | Coconut Grove, FL
Nacra 15: Nacra 15 Regatta | Dates TBD | California

RS:X (both genders): Qualification system will be announced at a later date.

For more information
US Sailing: ODP Homepage – ODP Master Schedule  – ODP Invitation Criteria – ODP FAQ

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. For more information, please visit

Source: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager, US Sailing

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