USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival announced

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Young aspiring sailors around the country are amped up and ready for an exciting season of fun competition on the water at the many US Sailing-coordinated regattas from two tremendously popular circuits. The USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival (JO) and the United States Junior Championships collectively organize a combined 30 regattas around the country from June through December.

In its 13th season, this program is a nationwide series of regattas for youth, ages 8 to 21. There are 25 regattas slated for 2009 in the continental United States and Hawaii and more than 4,300 sailors are expected to participate. The action begins with two events in June, and the series culminates with the 33rd annual Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, the largest junior sailing event in the country. The Orange Bowl is hosted by the US Sailing Center and Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, Fla. Last year, more than 700 junior sailors from 24 countries, as well as 26 U.S. states and territories participated. The regatta includes four days of competition on Biscayne Bay.

Click here for a complete schedule of US Sailing’s 2009 Junior Olympic Sailing Festival events.

For information about US Sailing’s JO program, click here or contact US Sailing inshore director Lee Parks at 401-683-0800.

For information on US Sailing’s 2009 United States Junior Championships, click here or contact US Sailing’s championships director Liz Walker at 401-683-0800.