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?
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 - www.ussailing.org/youthchamp. 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 - www.ussailing.org/championships.
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
Nations Entered In The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006
(Links to teams where available)
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|Denmark||Myanmar||US Virgin Islands|
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