Competitors for the U.S. Single-Handed Championship are selected through ladder events starting at the local club level, as well as up to six additional sailors who are selected based on their sailing resume. In addition, the regatta is also open to sailors representing the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, the Interscholastic Sailing Association (high school sailing), the U.S. Youth Championship, and the military. Some of the competitors who have qualified for this prestigious Championship include US Sailing Team member Ryan MINTH (USA), who finished third at the event last year and Thomas BARROWS (ISV) who won the U.S. Youth Championship earlier this summer and finished second at the U.S. Junior Single-Handed Championship last weekend.
The George O'Day Trophy was presented to US SAILING in 1962 by friends of O'DAY who was well known to sailors through his company manufacturing small boats. He also won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 as helmsman in the 5.5 Metre class.