USA confirms Youth Worlds Team

Published on September 15th, 2021

US Sailing has named the 16 athletes that will be representing the nation at the 2021 Youth Sailing World Championships. The 50th edition of the premier event in international youth sailing will take place December 11-18 in Al-Mussanah, Oman.

The team will be traveling to Oman with Team Leader Phil Muller and 2 additional coaches. “Youth Worlds is a really special event as it showcases the best youth talent worldwide,” said Muller, recipient of the 2020 US Sailing Developmental Coach of the Year award. “All of our modern-day heroes were once Youth Worlds champions so we look to this next generation to make their mark.

“We have an extremely strong team of athletes from all over the country, stretching from Hawaii to the West Coast, Midwest, East Coast, and the Gulf Coast. The team’s impressive geographic spread is a testament to the strength of our nation’s commitment to youth sailing as well as the regional programs and coaches who committed to the growth and development of these athletes and the support they provided to help them reach the top of their field.”

“We’re excited to return to the Youth Worlds with a very strong team after Covid cancelled the 2020 event,” said Leandro Spina, Olympic Development Director. “We have new faces and new talent on the team and we’ll be welcoming FormulaKite to the lineup of classes for the first time in Youth Worlds history.”

The event is open to athletes under age 19.

US 2021 Youth Worlds Team:
• Male Windsurfer (Bic Techno 293+)
JP Lattanzi (Honolulu, Hawaii)
• Female Windsurfer (Bic Techno 293+)
Danicka Sailer (Honolulu, Hawaii)
• Male One Person Dinghy (ILCA 6)
Chapman Petersen (Fontana, Wis.)
• Female One Person Dinghy (ILCA 6)
Katharine Doble (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
• Male/Mixed Two Person Dinghy (i420)
Thomas Sitzmann (Severna Park, MD) / Luke Woodworth (Baltimore, MD)
• Female Two Person Dinghy (i420)
Vanessa Lahrkamp (Rye, NY) / Katherine McNamara (Darien, CT)
• Mixed Two Person Multihull (Nacra 15)
Kay Brunsvold (Sarasota, Fla.) / Cooper Delbridge (Englewood, Fla.)
• Male Kiteboarding (Formula Kite)
Noah Zittrer (Seabrook, TX)
• Female Kiteboarding (Formula Kite)
Caroline Locke (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
• Male Skiff (29er)
Ian Nyenhuis (San Diego, Calif.) / Noah Nyenhuis (San Diego, Calif.)
• Female Skiff (29er)
Charlie Leigh (Coral Gables, Fla.) / Sophie Fisher (Middletown, RI)

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About the Youth Worlds:
First held in Sweden in 1971, the Youth Sailing World Championships are World Sailing’s flagship event for youth sailors.

The last Youth Sailing World Championships were held in Gydnia, Poland in 2019, where 409 sailors from 66 nations competed across nine youth events, including the Boy’s and Girl’s divisions of the 29er, 420, RS:X and Laser Radial, as well as the Mixed Multihull, the Nacra 15.

Past notable winners include American’s Cup skippers Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL) and Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medallists Nathan Outteridge (AUS), Iain Jensen (AUS), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Amelie Lux (GER), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Iain Percy (GBR), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Elise Rechichi (AUS) and Tessa Parkinson (AUS); and The Ocean Race sailors Stuart Bannatyne (NZL) and Richard Clarke (CAN). The most successful Youth World Champions are Sally Cuthbert (GBR) and Zofia Klepacka (POL), having won four successive titles in the Laser II and Mistral respectively.

Following the success of their athletes at the 2019 edition, Spain is the current holder of the Nations Trophy, awarded annually to the top-performing nation at the Youth Worlds.

Source: World Sailing, US Sailing

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