Change boats key to US Olympic success:
Bob Johnstone was the founding chairman of the United States Youth Championship in 1973, an event intended to prepare young sailors for international success. Much has changed since the event’s beginning, and he fears the failures of USA at the Olympic level are a result. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck checks in with Bob for his observations.
What do you consider to be the main problem?
Conducting the premier event for 17-19 year olds (the US Youth Championship) in 420s, Nacra 15s and 29ers instead of the equipment used at the Olympics – 470s, Nacra 17s and 49ers – arrests Olympic development of our top youth sailors.
These detuned youth…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Change boats key to US Olympic success, Editor
Lightning Class Boat Grant Program:
The Lightning Class Boat Grant Program will loan two competitive Lightnings to promising young sailors for the 2018 summer sailing season. The grant covers all regatta entry fees, boat insurance, some travel money as well as a competitive boat, good sails and a mentor. Applications due before February 19. Details….
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Lightning Class Boat Grant Program, Editor