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22 June 2006, 11:36 am
Country's Top Youth Sailors In Grosse Pointe
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U.S. Youth Sailing Championship 2006

The USA's 150 top youth sailors will arrive at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Michigan, this week to compete in the nation's premier youth sailing regatta, the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship. Not only will national glory be up for stake but so will the final spot in the US Youth World Team for next month's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Weymouth, Great Britain.
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The regatta will officially kick off on Friday 23 June with a three day advanced racing clinic taught by some of the country's best coaches. Racing for the National Championship title will be take place from 26-28 June. The competition will be raced in four different classes of boats: the single-handed Laser and Laser Radial as well as the double-handed 420 and 29er. The event is sponsored nationally by Vanguard Sailboats and Nautica.

Many youth sailors have been preparing for months to compete in the Championship, organized nationally by US SAILING and locally by the host club. A record of over 310 sailors applied for the total 150 spots available on the starting line. As the sailors arrive in Grosse Pointe, a few questions are on everyone's minds: who in the Laser fleet will qualify for the coveted spot on the US Youth World Team and travel to next month's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Weymouth? And, with all of last year's winners are returning, will they be able to win again, even though some of them have switched boats or crew?

Returning Champions Face Tough Task

For last year's champions, getting a repeat win will not be easy. In the Laser, Thomas BARROWS (ISV) will get a chance to defend his title, but it will not be easy, as one of his toughest competitors will be Kyle ROGACHENKO (USA), who won in the Laser Radial last year and has made the switch to the Laser. In the 420, last year's winning skipper Emily DELLENBAUGH (USA) is sailing with Briana PROVANCHA (USA). Meanwhile, Leigh HAMMEL (USA), who won with Emily DELLENBAUGH last year, will crew for Emily's older sister, Rebecca DELLENBAUGH (USA).

The boats that are being used in the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship are selected based on the classes used in the Olympic Games. The Laser and Laser Radial are Olympic Classes, while the 420 and 29er are smaller versions of the 470 and 49er respectively used in the Olympic Games. This is the first time in the history of the Championship that competitors will be sailing in the 29er.

For more information on the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, including a complete competitors' list visit - The U.S. Youth Sailing Championship is part of US SAILING's Youth and Junior Championship series. For more information on these National Championships, visit -

Vanguard Sailboats, manufacturer of most boats used in the U.S. Youth Championship, is sponsoring the event as part of its ongoing commitment to youth sailing. Nautica, which is also the Official Apparel Supplier to the US Sailing Team, is returning for a second year as an Official Sponsor of the Championship, affirming its support of youth sailing.

2006 US Youth World Team

  • Single-handed dinghy boys - Laser
    Not yet decided
  • Single-handed dinghy girls - Laser Radial
    Stephanie ROBLE
  • Double-handed dinghy boys - 420
    Mike MENNINGER and Nick MARTIN
  • Double-handed dinghy girls - 420
  • Windsurfer boys - RS:X
    Not yet decided
  • Windsurfer boys - RS:X
    Not yet decided
  • Multihull Open - Hobie 16
    Evan MILLER and Kyler HAST

Nations Entered In The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006
(Links to teams where available)

Argentina Finland Norway
Australia France Pakistan
Austria Germany Peru
Bahamas Great Britain Poland
Barbados Greece Portugal
Belgium Guatemala Puerto Rico
Bermuda Hong Kong Russia
Brazil Hungary Seychelles
British Virgin Islands Ireland Singapore
Bulgaria Israel Slovakia
Canada Italy Slovenia
Chile Jamaica South Africa
China Japan Spain
Colombia Korea Sweden
Croatia Latvia Switzerland
Cuba Lithuania Chinese Taipei
Cyprus Mexico Thailand
Czech Republic Moldova Turkey
Denmark Myanmar US Virgin Islands
El Salvador Netherlands USA
Estonia New Zealand

For all the latest news from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship CLICK HERE.

Marlieke de Lange EATON (As Amended By ISAF).
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