2013 Olympic Sailing Night Series Announced

Path to the Podium Poster Unveiled

Portsmouth, R.I. (June 18, 2013) – This summer young sailors will learn first-hand about the many pathways to Olympic sailing success as Olympians, medalists, coaches and leaders from the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program—such as JJ Fetter, Josh Adams, Andrew Campbell, Luther Carpenter and Leandro Spina—speak during “Olympic Sailing Night”, a series of speaking events held in collaboration with US Sailing’s national junior championship events. The series began during the California International Sailing Association (CISA) Advanced Racing Clinic, in April, and included nights during the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Championships and Sail Newport’s Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic. Full details are available on line at bit.ly/OSNight13

“Central to our long-term strategy is building the base of high-performance sailors in this country,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “We feel that it is important young sailors with Olympic sailing aspirations hear first-hand how they can chart their own Olympic pathway. We have put together a knowledgeable slate of speakers, and look forward to meeting and working with the many youth sailors looking to represent Team USA in 2020, 2024 and beyond.”

In addition to the speaking series, sailors at US Sailing’s USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals will receive a “Path to the Podium” poster outlining the various pathways in Olympic sailing. The poster focuses on three key stages, beginning with “skill builders”, the many junior classes and organizations across US Sailing that successfully draw thousands of young Americans into sailboat racing. The next critical stage features the six Olympic development classes endorsed by the Olympic Sailing Committee. The third stage is Olympic class training and racing at the level of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. In its 17th season, USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals is a nationwide series of regattas for youth, ages 8 to 21. There are 23 regattas slated for 2013 and over 4,000 sailors are expected to participate. Sailors can download the poster in PDF format here.

The four upcoming events are open to competitors at each of the youth championships. Regatta information, including a list of competitors, is available online at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth.htm