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2008 Youth Worlds Team

US SAILING will send the nine members of the US Youth World Team to Århus, Denmark, where they will represent the United States at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. Over 250 sailors from 60 countries will compete in the championship, which runs July 10-19.

The nine members of this team mark a milestone in Youth World Team history, as they are the first to have qualified at a single, designated Youth World Qualifier regatta. In the past, youth sailors in each class were chosen by having won a class regatta that had been predetermined as the qualifying event. Under the new system, all nine of these sailors gained their Youth Worlds eligibility at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s Youth World Qualifier, which attracted 82 sailors from around the country.

The 2008 US Youth World Team will be accompanied by Team Leader Kent Haeger (Lake Forest, Ill.) and coaches Brett Davis (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Peter Kruger Anderson (Århus, Denmark).

Meet the members of the Team:

NAME :

Anne Haeger

CLASS:

Laser Radial

POSITION:

Skipper

US Youth World Team:

2007; 2008

MEMBER OF:

Lake Beulah Yacht Club/Lake Forest Sailing

HIGH SCHOOL:

Lake Forest High School, class of 2008

AGE:

18

BIRTHPLACE:

Chicago, Ill.

HOMETOWN:

Lake Forest, Ill.

SAILING SINCE AGE:

9

SAILING RESUME:

  • 2nd 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
  • 4th 2007 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Sailing
  • 2nd 2007 Laser Radial North American Championship

NAME :

Luke Lawrence

CLASS:

Laser

POSITION:

Skipper

US Youth World Team:

2007; 2008

MEMBER OF:

Coral Reef Yacht Club

HIGH SCHOOL:

Martin County High School, class of 2009

AGE:

17

BIRTHPLACE:

Hollywood, Fla.

HOMETOWN:

Palm City, Fla.

SAILING SINCE AGE:

6

SAILING RESUME:

  • 11th 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
  • 7th 2007 U.S. Olympic Team Trials For Sailing
  • 19th 2007 Laser Midwinter's East (1st Junior)
  • 10th 2006 Pan American Games Trials - Laser

NAME :

Judge Ryan

CLASS:

29er Boys

POSITION:

Skipper

US Youth World Team:

2008

MEMBER OF:

San Diego Yacht Club

HIGH SCHOOL:

Cathedral Catholic High School, class of 2010

AGE:

15

BIRTHPLACE:

La Mesa, Calif.

HOMETOWN:

San Diego, Calif.

SAILING SINCE AGE:

6

SAILING RESUME:

  • 1st 2007 29er North Americans
  • 20th 2007 29er World Championship
  • 3rd 2007 U.S. Youth Championship -- 29er

NAME :

Hans Henken

CLASS:

29er Boys

POSITION:

Crew

US Youth World Team:

2008

MEMBER OF:

Coronado Yacht Cluc

HIGH SCHOOL:

Coronado High School, class of 2011

AGE:

16

BIRTHPLACE:

Laguna Beach, Calif.

HOMETOWN:

Coronado, Calif.

SAILING SINCE AGE:

4

SAILING RESUME:

  • 1st 2008 CORK Regatta-- 29er
  • 20th 2007 29er World Championship
  • 1st 2007 29er Midwinters West

NAME :

Julia Paxton

CLASS:

29er Girls

POSITION:

Skipper

US Youth World Team:

2008

MEMBER OF:

Richmond Yacht Club

HIGH SCHOOL:

Analy High School, class of 2010

AGE:

16

BIRTHPLACE:

Walnut Creek, Calif.

HOMETOWN:

Sebastopol, Calif.

SAILING SINCE AGE:

6

SAILING RESUME:

  • 6th 2007 CORK Regatta -- 29er

  • 16th 2007 29er Nationals

NAME :

Karoline Gurdal

CLASS:

29er Girls

POSITION:

Crew

US Youth World Team:

2008

MEMBER OF:

Golden Gate Yacht Club

HIGH SCHOOL:

George Washington High School, class of 2008

AGE:

17

BIRTHPLACE:

San Francisco, Calif.

HOMETOWN:

San Francisco, Calif.

SAILING SINCE AGE:

10

SAILING RESUME:

  • 3rd 2008 Skiff Festival
  • 16th 2007 29er Nationals
NAME : Andrew Mason
CLASS: SL-16
POSITION: Skipper
US Youth World Team: 2008
MEMBER OF: Newport Harbor Yacht Club
HIGH SCHOOL: Corona del Mar High School, Class of 2008
AGE: 18
BIRTHPLACE: Laguna Beach, Calif.
HOMETOWN: Newport Beach, Calif.
SAILING SINCE AGE: 8

SAILING RESUME:

  • 1st 2008 U.S. Youth Multihull Championship
  • 2nd 2007 U.S. Youth Multihull Championship
NAME : Chris Segerblom
CLASS: SL-16
POSITION: Crew
US Youth World Team: 2008
MEMBER OF: Newport Harbor Yacht Club
HIGH SCHOOL: Newport Harbor High School, Class of 2010
AGE: 16
BIRTHPLACE: Newport Beach, Calif.
HOMETOWN: Costa Mesa, Calif.
SAILING SINCE AGE: 7

SAILING RESUME:

  • 1st 2008 U.S. Youth Multihull Championship
  • 3rd 2008 Club 420 Midwinters
  • 4th 2007 Orange Bowl -- Club 420
 
NAME : Cody Shevitz
CLASS: RS:X Boys
POSITION: Skipper
US Youth World Team: 2008
MEMBER OF: Santa Barbara Yacht Club
HIGH SCHOOL: San Marcos High School, class of 2008
AGE: 18
BIRTHPLACE: Manhattan, N.Y.
HOMETOWN: Santa Barbara, Calif.
SAILING SINCE AGE: 8

SAILING RESUME:

  • 4th 2007 29er Midwinters West
  • 10th 2007 U.S. Youth Championship -- Club 420