Four divisions at US Youth Champs 2022
Published on June 26th, 2022
The 2022 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship hosted four divisions for boys and girls on June 24-26 in San Diego, CA. As US Sailing’s pinnacle youth regatta, the event is open to sailors 19 years and younger, with over 100 sailors competing on the Pacific Ocean venue.
One Dave M. Perry Sportsmanship award recipient was also chosen in each class. Sailors were nominated by their fellow competitors, then chosen by the event coaches. Winners displayed acts of sportsmanship, kindness, and the Corinthian spirit throughout the event. Earning the recognition were:
• Sage Andrews and Noelani Velasco, 29er
• Jack Baldwin, ILCA 7
• Efe Derman, ILCA 6
• Christopher Tang and AJ Mckeon, i420
Brothers prevailed in the 29er fleet, with the top three spots belonging to sibling teams. Tyler and Andrew Lamm took first over US Youth Worlds representatives Ian and Noah Nyenhuis for the Manton D. Scott Trophy. Miles and Jake Julien came in third with 57 points after 12 races.
This year’s fleet of 29ers was one of the largest and most competitive in Youth Champs history with seven different teams taking at least one race win in the regatta.
Competition was tight in the i420 fleet. Robert Ulmer and Henry Allgeier finished in first, one point in front of second place finishers Sophia Devling and Carmen Berg. Kyra Phelan and Brooke Schmelz, who finished first at last weekend’s US Open Sailing Series, took third.
US Youth Worlds Women’s ILCA 6 representative Katherine Doble had a banner event, securing the win with 12 points after eight races, winning the Robert and Anne Connor Trophy. Robby Meek came in second, while US Youth Worlds representative in the Men’s ILCA 6 – Peter Barnard – came in third. Doble is the second ever female to win the Conner Trophy in the ILCA 6, following Erika Reineke in 2011.
Lauderdale Yacht Club sailors claimed the podium in the ILCA 7. Benjamin Smith took first to win the Robert L. Johnstone II Trophy. Teammate Ben Sheppard took second, while Jack Baldwin took third.