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2 August 2005, 09:17 am
Nations Best Juniors To Compete in California
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US SAILING
California, USA

After training and competing in regattas all summer long, the time has come for the country's top 60 youth sailors in the U.S. to show off their sailing skills at the competitive US SAILING U.S. Junior Single-handed, Double-handed and triple-handed Championships.
Both the U.S. Junior Double-handed Championship, sailed in Club 420s for the Bemis Trophy, and the U.S. Junior Single-handed Championship, sailed in Lasers for the Smythe Trophy will be hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The events take place 9-12 August. Demonstrating its strong commitment to youth sailing, Vanguard Sailboats is providing brand-new boats for both events. In conjunction with the U.S. Junior Single-handed and Double-handed Championships, the U.S. Junior Triple-handed Championship will be held in Corona Del Mar, California.

In order for these young sailors to compete in the National Championships they had to sail in local and regional regattas to qualify. Only 60 sailors are able to qualify, 20 competitors for the Single-handed Championship (20 boats); and 40 competitors for the Double-handed Championship (20 boats). The young sailors come from all over the U.S. including Hawaii for the prestigious event.

Previous winners of these Championships have gone on to become world-famous sailors, competing in the Olympic Games, World Championships, the America's Cup, and many more. Kevin HALL, currently on the US Sailing Team and a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, won the U.S. Junior Single-handed Championship in 1985 and 1986. Mikee ANDERSON-MITTERLING won the U.S. Junior Double-handed Championship in 2000 and is now a member of the US Sailing Team in the Men's 470.

Not too far from the where the U.S. Junior Single-handed and Double-handed Championships will be held simultaneously in Newport Beach, California, 33 of the best young triple-handed sailors will soon arrive in Corona del Mar, California to compete for the oldest national junior trophy, created in 1921. The U.S. Junior Triple-handed Championship for the renowned US SAILING Sears Cup will be hosted by Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. Sailed in Governor's Cup 21s, the event will be held beginning from 9-12 August.

In order for these young sailors to compete in the National Championships they had to sail in local and regional regattas to qualify. Only 33 sailors are able to qualify, making up 11 very competitive teams. The young sailors come from all over the U.S. including Hawaii for the prestigious event.

Previous winners of these Championships have gone on to become world-famous sailors, competing in the Olympic Games, World Championships, the America's Cup, and many more. US Sailing Team-members Dalton BERGAN and Morgan LARSON have won the U. S. Junior Triple-handed Championship earlier in their sailing careers. BERGAN won the Championship in 1994 and LARSON in 1988.

Marlieke Eaton
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