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GPYC to host top sailors

The U.S. Youth Sailing Championships are at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Aug. 10-14.

July 24, 2014
On the heels of last year's USODA National Championships, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club prepares for what is called the "pinnacle of sailboat racing for sailors 19 years and younger."

More than 140 young sailors from around the country will gather for this year's U.S. Youth Sailing Championships on Lake St. Clair Aug. 10-14.

It's another in a series of big events at the club lately, which celebrates its 100th anniversary the following week.

Past GPYC Commodore Jim Morrow said the championships are a proving ground for potential Olympians and college-level competitive sailors.

As an invitational event, the U.S. Sailing's Selection Committee has chosen young sailors who will compete in five different classes, including single-handed Lasers and Laser radials, double-handed International and Club 420s and 29ers.

The championships will be sailed over a four-day period with races at noon Monday, Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday.

The awards presentation is planned for Aug. 14 following the conclusion of the races and pack-up at GPYC.

Spectator boats are encouraged to attend the events, but the Race Committee asks that a 300 meter distance be respected from the course.

The U.S. Youth Sailing Championships represent the most current example of the ways in which the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club actively supports youth sailing.

This year's championships mark the third major youth sailing event to be hosted by the yacht club in the past two years, joining the Baker Qualifier for the Mallory Cup and the Optimist Dinghy Nationals.

The Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation awards up to 10 college scholarships annually to deserving young area sailors and provides financial assistance to organized competitive sailing activities in area high schools and colleges.

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