Just as the carnival, parade floats and 4th of July gawkers rolled out of town on Sunday the 5th, there was a parade of youth sailors entering town. Bristol, RI – who, as we told you, is host to the nation’s oldest 4th of July parade – saw over 300,000 people line the red, white and blue striped parade route (the stripe in the road is literally r, w & b). Today marks the start of the US Youth Sailing Championship Regatta bringing over 160 of the top young sailors in the country to the Ocean State for this pinnacle event for youth sailors under 20 in the U.S.
The invite only regatta has five classes racing on Narragansett Bay and Mount Hope Bay beginning today through Friday, July 10. Many of this week’s winners will qualify for the US Sailing Team Sperry Youth World Team and compete at the 2015 ISAF Youth World Championships in Malaysia.
The event marks the grand opening of the nearly completed Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center at Roger Williams University. The sailing center is perfectly suited for the event and allows the University to shine as a recent addition to top college sailing teams.
Classes being sailed are:
– Laser Standard – Laser Radial – Int’l 420 – 29er – F16 catamarans