It’s on at the U.S. Youth Championships

Published on June 27th, 2023

Over 270 sailors from nine countries are at Roger Williams University for the 2023 U.S. Youth Championship on June 27-30 in Bristol, RI. For 147 of the competitors, 2023 will be their first appearance at the U.S. Youth Championship.

As US Sailing’s pinnacle youth regatta, the stakes are high as it is the qualifying event for World Sailing’s 2023 Youth World Championship. The best performing eligible teams from each class will earn the honor of representing the USA at the renowned international youth championship.

And for the first time in its history, the 2023 Youth Champs is an open event with no application or invitation process required to be eligible – allowing any youth sailor in the US the chance to compete for a spot at Youth Worlds.

Several accomplished youth sailors will be on the starting line at the 2023 Youth Champs. Freddie Parkin and Asher Beck, sailing in the i420 class, are last year’s i420 Youth Worlds Gold Medalists. The pair hail from Connecticut and train with the elite Long Island Sound Youth Sailing Team (LISOT).

Last year’s Youth Champs winners in the 29er fleet, brothers Tyler and Andrew Lamm, are back again hoping to defend their title and secure a berth to the Youth Worlds over Ian Nyenhuis, two-time Youth Worlds 29er representative who is crewing for Anton Schmid for potentially his third and final Youth Worlds.

Six classes will be competing at this year’s Youth Championship:
• Doublehanded Dinghy: International 420
• Doublehanded Skiff: 29er
• Singlehanded Dinghy: ILCA 6
• Singlehanded Dinghy: ILCA 7
• Windsurfing: iQFOiL Youth
• Multihull: Nacra 15

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