There is a big junior fleet here at Nationals with tons of racing in both Slalom and Formula and T293 course racing. Jay Watermeyer dominated in the junior class in slalom after two days of super windy, 25-35 mph (with higher gusts), classic gorge conditions. Marion Lepert finished fifth in slalom out of the juniors, first junior woman and also first out of the women of any age! After one day of course racing, Chris Gardiner and Cullen Ahearn are sailing super quick - with Cullen having the edge when not plagued with fins breaking off or mental errors (nooooo........don't sail the wrong course!).
You can see pictures and results at www.vmgevents.com. You can also find pictures and stories at www.windsport.com where Team USA member Margot Sampson was recruited to contribute to the website!
Aug. 3-5 - East Coast Junior Windsurf Champs in Vinyard Haven, MA (T293) www.vhyc.org
What is Team USA?
Team USA is for all junior windsurfers who are interested in competing at windsurfing. Currently our efforts are focused on racing (mainly course racing on Techno 293, formula, FE, Kona, etc.), but we hope to add freestyle and wave sailing components in the future. Training camps are offered for those who want to learn how to race, you will improve your windsurfing skills and learn racing skills - that makes racing more fun! You will also be exposed to different types of gear and conditions so you will become a more well-rounded windsurfer. You will also be able to get a better idea of what class of board you might want to race.
Who is on Team USA? The team is made up of all junior windsurfers that can attend a few events (races or training camps) each year. You don’t have to be an expert windsurfer or already have racing experience. To get started, just contact us and we can help you find a place to learn to windsurf, and then teach you how to race. Racing will improve your windsurfing skills and give you all kinds of cool opportunities to travel and meet other kids who windsurf from all over the world! If you are an expert with racing experience, that’s great! More information later on programs just for you. There are several requirements for being on Team USA: 1)Good Grades 2)Be ethical, honest and polite 3) Have a desire to improve.
How do I find out about Team USA events? The Team USA blog and e-mail newsletter are the best ways to keep track of future races and training camps. You can also e-mail Britt Viehman (the coach of Team USA) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
What are the Youth Development Teams? We are currently working on having two more specialized teams within Team USA. One would be combined with the US Sailing team to develop a youth windsurfing development team for junior windsurfers who are talented, hard working and have their sights set on future Olympic competition. This would be an Olympic track for those who have their sights set on an Olympic journey. We are also working on a Formula Youth team for those who would prefer to compete in Formula or Formula Experience. These would be more serious, focused, smaller teams than Team USA.