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, 2017. 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.
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 club and its membership for twelve months.
The U.S. J/70 Youth Championship (USJYC) is open to twelve (12) Youth Teams representing US Sailing recognized Sailing Clubs or Organizations.
Sailing clubs may enter more than one team in any qualifier, but may only qualify one team for the USJYC in Newport.
Here is the USJYC Notice of Race
The 12 Youth Teams will compete on six provided 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 twelve slots in the USJYC, youth teams must qualify for entry by being the top scoring Youth Team in the J/70 Class at one of the following Regattas (winners are listed):
Feb 24-26 J/70 Midwinters- St. Petersburg, FL
St Pete Youth Sailing Team
Mar 09-11 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week- Miami, FL
Coral Reef YC Youth Team
Mar 17-19 Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD- San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara YC Youth Team
Apr 20-23 Sperry Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
Annapolis YC Youth Team
May 05-07 Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD- Annapolis, MD
Severn Sailing Association Youth Team
Jun 03-04 Cedar Point One-Design Regatta- Cedar Pt, CT
MudRatz Sailing Club Youth Team
Jun 09-11 Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD- Chicago, IL
Little Traverse YC Youth Team
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