ODP and Youth World athletes set for US Open San Diego


SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 17, 2022) – Competitors set up for a weekend of racing off Point Loma for the San Diego stop during the 2022 West Marine US Open Sailing Series. Ten athletes from the ODP and Worlds Team juniors 2022 will dive into the water for three days of competition.

Olympic Development Program

  • Peter Barnard, CIPEA 6
      • Member of the 2022 Junior Worlds team
  • Leo Boucher, ILCA 7
  • Katharine Doble, ILCA 6
      • Member of the 2022 Junior Worlds team
  • James Golden, ILCA 7
  • Nick Sessions, ILCA 7
  • Benjamin Smith, CIPEA 7

Youth Worlds Team

  • Sammie Gardner / Alice Schmid, 29 inch women
  • Ian Nyenhuis / Noah Nyenhuis, 29er men

After a week of training in Long Beach for the Youth World Championships team and their training partners, the San Diego West Marine US Open kicks off a series of regattas on the young athletes’ schedule. Immediately following the US Open which also serves as the 29er Class National Championships this weekend, athletes qualify for the US Youth Championships in San Diego, the 29er World Championships in Barcelona and the coveted World Championships in youth in the Netherlands.

“The World Youth Championships training camp last week was great,” said Katharine Doble, ILCA 6 Women’s World Youth Championships representative. “We worked with a variety of coaches and were able to train alongside the entire group that will be representing the United States this summer. It was great to be all together working towards the same goal in our respective classes.

From Phil Muller, team manager of the 2022 World Youth Championships and head coach of the under-19 program under ODP:

“We did a good job at Long Beach. Our mission at ODP is “constant improvement,” and it was our best camp yet. Five days of focused training, supported by top youth sailing coaches, to prepare the Youth World Championships team for competition in The Hague in a few weeks.

I read a quote this week: “The Olympics don’t happen every four years, they happen every day” and those words inspired our efforts in Long Beach and moving forward.

The US Open in San Diego is also the national championship for the 29er class, so competitors here have their stomachs on fire to win a national title in preparation for Worlds later this summer.

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  • Race area and information: The Pacific Ocean, near Point Loma. First departure at 11:50 a.m. PT
  • Entry list: Click here to find out who is running this week