Author: Catherine Shanahan

2022 West Marine US Open Sailing Series Kicks Off in Ft. Lauderdale

US Sailing and Lauderdale Yacht Club will welcome 133 competitors in the ILCA classes January 15 -17 for the first stop on the 2022 West Marine US Open Sailing Series. First sailed in 2021, the series was created to fill the demand for a high-level domestic training platform geared towards prospective Olympic hopefuls.  

The Lauderdale event features sailors from North America and the Caribbean, with six countries represented including the United States – the US Virgin Islands, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and the Cayman Islands will bring their all this weekend.  

“We are so excited to have the ILCA class back at Lauderdale Yacht Club for the second West Marine US Open Series,” said Commodore Stephanie Toothaker. “LYC has hosted numerous Olympic class regattas in the past and look forward to making this another successful event.” 

Among the registrants are many top finishers from the 2021 Orange Bowl Youth Regatta, like Robby Meek of Annapolis, MD who finished first overall in the ILCA 6 class; and Guthrie Braun, of St. Petersburg, FL, third in the ILCA 7 class.  

Top US Sailing Team and Olympic Development athletes will be competing in Fort Lauderdale. Charlotte Rose, a member of the ILCA 6 (Radial) squad and Leo Boucher of the ILCA 7 (Full) are competing in the event fresh off the Jr. Pan Am Games and the team’s first training camp of 2022.  

The Canadian Olympic team will also be represented this weekend by Tokyo 2020 Olympian Sarah Douglass, who is competing in the ILCA 6 class. Douglass placed sixth at the games in the Laser Radial.  

New this year, sailors from the United States competing in Olympic classes will be eligible for prize money over the three Florida and three California events. Athletes will vie for $1000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third.  

 Follow the Racing: 

  • Regatta News & Coverage: Visit the official West Marine US Open Sailing Series site for news, results & standings, photos & videos, and regatta information.  
  • Social Media: Follow US Sailing and the US Sailing Team on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for news and highlights from the racecourse.  
  • Join the Conversation: Use hashtag – #USOpenSailing in your social media posts.  
  • Entry List: Click here to find out who is racing this week in the three ILCA events.  
  • Racing Specifics: The racing area shall be in the Atlantic Ocean approximately one mile north or south of the Port Everglades Channel Entrance. The first warning signal for racing each day is 1100 hours (11am ET).  

Each regatta will follow local guidance and ordinances regarding COVID protocols. Protocols are to be followed by competitors, race officials and event attendees. The health and safety of athletes, race officials and volunteers is US Sailing’s number one priority. 

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