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Youth Sailors Learn Crucial Ocean Sailing Skills at Miami Training Camp

Youth Sailors Learn Crucial Ocean Sailing Skills at Miami Training Camp

Willie McBride and Judge Ryan(Miami, Fla.) February 17, 2010 - More than 50 youth sailors, including members of US SAILING’s US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) and the 2010 Youth World Team, spent this past weekend developing their skills at a US SAILING-run training camp on the Atlantic Ocean, off the shores of the Miami Yacht Club. Sailors benefited from drills and racing led by experienced coaches and Olympic sailors, including:

* Singlehanded classes: Ryan Minth (New York, N.Y.), Brett Davis (Naples, Fla.) and Jay Kehoe (Annapolis, Md.)
* Multihull: Jamie Livingston (Jupiter, Fla.)
* Doublehanded classes: USSTAG’s Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.), Hannah Nattrass (AUS), Romain Bonnaud (FRA), Lucas Calabrese (ARG) and Olympic Coach Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.)
* Guest Speaker: Olympic Gold Medalist and USSTAG member Anna Tunnicliffe 

The Miami training camp included the following classes: Laser Radial, 29er, I420, 470 and Hobie 16 with Spinnaker. Sailors in the Laser full rigs trained in Clearwater, Fla.

Leandro Spina wrote:
I am very pleased to see our top youth talent training together to get better and be able to compete for the podium at international events. Many international events are sailed in open waters with big waves and strong winds, and our USSDT is committed to reach those standards and push them to a new level.

USA has never won the Volvo Trophy awarded to the best overall nation at each Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. It was first introduced in 1991 as the Nations Cup and has been awarded every year since, becoming one of the most prestigious prizes in youth sailing. In 1999, the Nations Cup was replaced by the Volvo Trophy. Only 5 nations - France, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and Italy - have won the trophy.

Is our goal to win the Volvo Trophy, and we are on the right track to get USA to the top this year in Istanbul, Turkey. We have a very talented Youth World Team, who will represent the United States at the event, and we are committed to work hard toward our team’s goal. This was the focus of our training camp in Miami.

Training Camp Schedule

[Photo: Willie McBride and Judge Ryan. Credit: Leandro Spina/ US SAILING]