Portsmouth, R.I. (August 4, 2006) – For many youth sailors from across the country, it all comes down to this: after months of training and competing in qualifying regattas, the best youth sailors in the country are getting a chance to win a National Championship title at US SAILING’s Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, made up of the U.S. Junior Single-, Double- and Triplehanded Championships.
This month, the 90 competitors will follow in the footsteps of thousands of other sailors who have competed in any of these three events since the oldest, the U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship, was first held in 1930. The Chubb U.S. Junior Championships kick off this weekend with the U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup at Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Mich., August 5-9. Meanwhile, the U.S. Junior Singlehanded and Doublehanded Championships for the Bemis and Smythe Trophies, will be held together at Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in Kemah, TX, from August 8th through 13th.
Many familiar faces will be competing in the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships. One of them is Cam Cullman (Rye, N.Y.), winner of last year’s U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship. The 17-year-old sailor elected to compete in the event, sailed in the Laser Full Rig, even though he qualified for the US Laser Radial Youth World Team to compete in the Laser Radial Youth World Championship, held simultaneously in California. Cullman is still getting an excellent opportunity to prepare for the Championship: he’s currently competing in the Laser Radial World Championship (for all ages).
Past champions are also returning in the triplehanded event: Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.), who led his team to the title in 2004, is returning after not qualifying for the event last year. Evan Aras (Annapolis, Md.), who was on the last year’s winning team of the triplehanded event, has made the move to the singlehanded Laser. In the doublehanded event, the title will be up for grabs, as previous winners aren’t returning.
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