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Youth Sailing World Championship
First held in1971 in Sweden, the Youth Worlds is a sailing contest open to sailors aged 19 and under. Through the years the regatta evolved as several classes were added. In 1991 the Nations Trophy was introduced to award the top performing nation at the event. This year the event saw the United States team enjoying a highly successful week.
The 2017 Youth Worlds
Held 11 to 15 December in Sanya, China, 374 young sailors from 60 nations across the globe competed. The week was action-packed and saw some drama unfold in the single-handed women’s class. Charlotte Rose from Texas, US and her rival Lola Fraschini from Uruguay had a tricky match race on the first leg and Fraschini put Rose in a tough spot at one stage. But as the race unfolded Rose proved her worth as a World Champion. Despite challenges thrown at her, she fought her way up to the 17th spot which is exactly what was required for her team to make their mark at the Youth Worlds. US team coach Rosie Chapman said that it was an inspiring performance and that she could not be more proud of the young sailor whose skilled sailing brought America to an impressive finish.
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America Comes Out on Top
The American sailors managed to win a total of three medals (almost four) across nine classes. They also came third in the Nation’s Trophy standings, which is the highest finish America has achieved in many years. Leandro Spina, Olympic development director of US Sailing and the US team leader for the event expressed her pride in the team. Spina said that they were completely focused throughout the competition, stuck to the performance plan and came out strong in the end. Well done America!