Portsmouth, R.I. (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — Two of the 12 sailors named by US Sailing to its 2014 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championships Team are from Southern California.
The two young sailors — winners of the 2013 29er US National Championship in Miami in January — are Quinn Wilson of Ojai and Riley Gibbs of Long Beach.
The premier youth event in international sailing, the ISAF Youth Worlds represents the ultimate stage for America’s best young talent (under the age of 19 on Dec. 31, 2014). The 2014 championships will take place July 12-19 in Tavira, Portugal.
“The 12 talented athletes who have qualified for this year’s US Sailing Youth Worlds Team prevailed through a challenging selection process and should be proud to have reached this stage,” said Josh Adams, managing director of US Olympic Sailing. “We look forward to supporting them as they train for Tavira and during the event itself.”
The members of US Sailing’s 2014 Youth Worlds Team will also be named to the 2014 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT). The USSDT is comprised of the country’s top sailors in the classes selected for the 2014 Youth Worlds and the 10 events selected for the Olympic Games.
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country.