Friday, November 16, 2018

U.S. J/70 Youth Championship Preview

US J/70 Youth Champs (St Petersburg, FL)- The 2018 edition of the U.S. J/70 Youth Championship will be taking place from November 16th to 18th on the sunny, warm waters of Tampa Bay.  Hosting the top J/70 youth teams from across the country will be the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, in St. Petersburg, FL.

The regatta will be sailed in supplied J/70s from StPYC’s Junior Sailing Center.  The goal of this event is to help develop and build leading-edge junior keelboat sailing programs across America.

Like the inaugural event held last year in Newport, RI by SAIL Newport, the youth teams had a series of twelve qualifying events that started in February at the St Pete NOOD Regatta and ended in late August with the J/70 Pacific Coast Championship in San Francisco, CA.  The teams will be sailing in a round-robin format and short-course racing of less than 20 minutes each.  The action should be fast and furious and will be held just off the beautiful St Petersburg city waterfront.

The following teams have qualified for the event: Musto Youth Team from Stonington, CT; Coral Reef YC from Miami, FL; King Harbor YC from Los Angeles, CA; South Carolina YC from Hilton Head, SC; Annapolis YC Youth Team from Annapolis, MD; American YC Youth Team from Rye, NY; Gotham Racing Team from Chicago YC in Chicago, IL; Little Traverse Sailors from Little Traverse YC in Harbor Springs, MI; Manchester YC from Manchester, MA; and Santa Barbara YC from Santa Barbara, CA.  For more U.S. J/70 Youth Championship sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.