2022 West Marine US Open Sailing Series kicks off in Ft. Lauderdale

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US Sailing and Lauderdale Yacht Club will host 133 competitors in the ILCA classes from January 15-17 for the first leg of the 2022 West Marine US Open Sailing Series. First launched in 2021, the series was created to meet demand a high-level national training platform for future 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 all that weekend.

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

Among the entries are many top finishers from the 2021 Orange Bowl Youth Regatta, such as 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.

The top athletes from the US Sailing and Olympic Development Team will compete in Fort Lauderdale. ILCA 6 (Radial) team member Charlotte Rose and ILCA 7 (Full) Leo Boucher are attending the event fresh from the Junior Pan American Games and the team’s first training camp in 2022.

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

New this year, United States sailors competing in the Olympic classes will be eligible for prize money at all three Florida events and all three California events. Athletes will compete for $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third.

Follow the race:

  • Regatta news and coverage:Visit the official West Marine US Open Sailing Series website for news, results and standings, photos and video, and regatta information.
  • Social media:To followUS Sailing and the US Sailing Team on Instagram, Facebook and Twitterfor news and highlights from the racetrack.
  • Join the conversation:Use the hashtag –#USOpenSailingin your social media posts.
  • Entry list:Click here to find out who is racing this week in the three ILCA events.
  • Specifics of the race:The racing area must be in the Atlantic Ocean approximately one mile north or south of the Port Everglades Channel entrance. The first warning signal for the race each day is 11:00 a.m. (11 a.m. ET).

Each regatta will follow local guidelines and orders regarding COVID protocols. The protocols must be followed by competitors, race officials and event participants. The health and safety of athletes, race officials and volunteers is US Sailing’s number one priority.

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