LA 2028 venue hosts US Open Series
Published on July 13th, 2022
The West Marine US Open Sailing Series continues the West Coast swing with a stop on July 15-17 in Long Beach, CA. As the sailing venue for the 2028 Olympic Games, sailors from across the country will be racing the 29er, Finn, iQFOiL (Men’s, Women’s, U19), Open Kite Foil, ILCA 7, ILCA 6, and ILCA 4.
All sailors, regardless of nationality, are eligible for prize money to be awarded to the top three finishers in each established Olympic discipline. Athletes are awarded $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third.
The Long Beach stop of the West Marine US Open marks the return of many former Tokyo 2020 Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. Anna Weis, Tokyo 2020 athlete in the Nacra 17, will make her debut in the Women’s iQFOiL class. Another Team USA Tokyo 2020 athlete, Pedro Pascual, will race in the Men’s iQFOiL class.
Several US Sailing Team Olympic Development Program (ODP) athletes will also be in attendance, including ILCA 7 sailor Leo Boucher and iQFOiL sailors Noah Lyons and Alex Temko.
The event will also be used as the US qualifier for the 2022 Men’s and Women’s Formula Kite World Championship.
New this year, the event will feature the Sea Change sustainability festival and beach clean-up, lead by US Sailing Team sponsor Kilroy and The Surfrider Foundation Saturday July 16 from 12-4pm. The festival will host live viewing of the Formula Kite racing, as well as live music and art exhibits, food and beverage stations, athlete appearances, educational activities including an interactive US Sailing Reach STEM display, and more.
Long Beach is the second of three stops on the California tour. Following the stop in Long Beach, the series continues up the California coastline to San Francisco on August 12-14, 2022.
Series information – Long Beach details – Entry list
2022 US Open Sailing Series
January 15-17: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
January 21-23: Miami, Florida
February 3-6: Clearwater, Florida
June 17-19: San Diego, California
July 15-17: Long Beach, California
August 12-14: San Francisco, California
Organized by US Sailing and host yacht clubs at venues in Florida and California, the 6-stage West Marine US Open Sailing Series seeks to fulfill demand for a racing and training platform based in the United States to provide a path to the Olympic Games for prospective athletes.
Source: US Sailing