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7 December 2004, 10:01 am
Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals
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Coral Reef Yacht Club

With the cold weather taking control in some parts of the country, many sailors are looking to join the race course in southern areas. For young sailors nationwide, two USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals scheduled for Florida offer great opportunities to keep up their boat speed and stay in shape for sailing.

Nearly 900 young sailors in total are expected to register for the Orange Bowl (Coral Reef Yacht Club, Dec. 27-30) and at the US Sailing Center of Martin County (Jan. 15-17). The two events are part of US SAILING's USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival program, presented by West Marine and sponsored by Gill, a national program designed to help young sailing enthusiasts who already have on-the-water experience develop their sailing skills while having fun on and off the water.

The two USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals serve as training grounds for the upcoming Club 420 Midwinter Championship (Feb. 18-21 at the US Sailing Center of Martin County), a qualifier for the 2005 US Youth World Team. The Team will represent the USA at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in China in July 2005.

'These two events are truly unique because they have so many young sailors from around the country and of so many different levels of sailing experience coming together,' said US SAILING President Janet BAXTER. 'They will learn a lot about their own skills and about sailing in regattas in general and that is what the Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals are all about.'

The USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival - Orange Bowl is the largest Junior Olympic event in the country with more than 600 entries expected this year. Olympic gold medalist Magnus Liljedahl will present the awards to the top five finishers in each class as well as the Magnus Liljedahl Sportsmanship Trophy.

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