U.S. Youth Champs in Rhode Island
Published on December 22nd, 2023
The U.S. Youth Championship, also known as the “Youth Champs,” is US Sailing’s pinnacle youth regatta, featuring the top sailors and most challenging performance boat classes. The 2024 Youth Champs will be held June 22-25, hosted by US Sailing at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.
The regatta will be an “open” event, with no application or invitation process required to be eligible. Nationally competitive sailors in the following classes are encouraged to attend: 29er, Formula Kite, ILCA 6 (formerly Laser Radial), ILCA 7 (formerly Laser Standard), International 420, iQFOiL Youth, and Nacra 15.
Events and Class Equipment:
Doublehanded Dinghy- International 420
Doublehanded Skiff- 29er
Multihull- Nacra 15
Singlehanded Dinghy- Light- ILCA 6
Singlehanded Dinghy- ILCA 7
Windsurfing- iQFOiL Youth
Kiteboarding- Formula Kite
Competitors must not reach their 20th birthday in the calendar year, and be eligible to compete per the Notice of Race.
Entry for all classes is open (no resume application or direct qualification required). Sailors will be able to register during the registration period specified in the Notice of Race that will be published in January 2024.
Sailors are responsible for securing their own housing for the event. Room blocks will be available at Roger Williams University for interested sailors and parents.
All competitors must have a “Designated Adult” with them at the event acting as a chaperone who must be present at the onsite registration. This Designated Adult must be over 21 and cannot be a coach.
Charter provider information will be available in early 2024
The U.S. Youth Sailing Championship was started in 1973 at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club in Wilmette, IL. The top youth sailors from around the country were sent invitations to attend the event in Lasers and 470s in mid-June. Over fifty years later, U.S. Youth Championship remains US Sailing’s pinnacle youth regatta, featuring the nation’s top competitors racing in seven performance boat classes.
Source: US Sailing