(Newport, RI)- The first annual U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will take place concurrent with the J/FEST New England Regatta from August 11th to 13th on beautiful Narragansett Bay. The event will be hosted by the famous crew at SAIL NEWPORT, Newport, Rhode Island and hosted at their extraordinary facility at Fort Adams State Park.
Interest has been strong from various youth teams across the country; with crews already gearing up for the J/70 Midwinters in St Petersburg, FL, hosted by St Petersburg YC and also the Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD Regatta, hosted by San Diego YC in San Diego, CA.
The goal of this event is to help develop and build leading-edge junior keelboat sailing programs across America. The winning club of this event will get "free” usage of a fully equipped International J/70 one-design class sailboat, with sails and trailer, provided "free of charge” by J/Boats, to the winning sailing club and its membership for twelve months.
The U.S. J/70 Youth Championship (USJYC) is open to eleven (11) Youth Teams representing US Sailing recognized Sailing Clubs or Organizations. Sailing clubs may enter more than one youth team per event, but may only qualify one team for the USJYC championship in Newport, RI.
The 11 Youth Teams will compete on eleven brand new J/70 Class sailboats with class sails (main, jib, spinnaker) that comply with J/70 Class rules. The boats will be identically rigged and tuned at “base settings” that are recommended by the sailmaker.
In order to qualify for the eleven slots, youth teams must qualify for entry by being the top scoring Youth Team in the J/70 Class at one of the following Regattas:
- Feb 24-26 J/70 Midwinters- St. Petersburg, FL
- Mar 09-11 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week- Miami, FL
- Mar 17-19 Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD- San Diego, CA
- Apr 20-23 Sperry Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
- May 05-07 Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD- Annapolis, MD
- Jun 03-04 Cedar Point One-Design Regatta- Cedar Pt, CT
- Jun 09-11 Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD- Chicago, IL
- Jun 16-18 J/70 Great Lakes- Cleveland, OH
- Jul 07-09 The Newport Regatta- Newport, RI
- Jul 15-16 St. Francis Sportboat Regatta- San Francisco, CA
- Jul 27-30 Helly Hansen Marblehead NOOD- Marblehead, MA