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Mariners 936 Hosts Information Night & Open House

Mariners 936 Hosts Mariner/Mariner Jr Information Night for Recruitment

Dana Point, CA- South Coast Sailing Team (dba Mariners936), the nonprofit organization devoted to coed teen boating program is hosting an Information Night on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 6:30pm at the OC Sailing Center, 34451 Ensenada Pl, Dana Point, CA 92629. The cost of admission is FREE. Please join us to learn about the program.

The event will feature: Information on the Mariner and Mariner Junior Sailing Program.

In anticipation of the upcoming Information Night, the Mariners936 will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the OC Sailing Center, 34451 Ensenada Pl, Dana Point, CA 92629. The Open House will show hands on sailing for prospective sailors to join the program. Come and join open sail for 12 18-year old from 1pm to 4pm and sail any number of the Mariners936’s vessels. Or join us for a 30-minute harbor cruise on the fleet’s bigger boats, running every half hour, from 5:45pm to 7pm (last tour leaves at 7pm). The harbor cruises will be crewed by current Mariners in the program and as always, adult supervised. To sign-up for the memorable harbor cruise, please Sign Up Here.

Mariners936 unit that was started over 40 years ago by Jim Wehan, skipper of the ‘Spirit of Dana Point’ and former Mission Viejo HS math teacher.

Mariners936 is a co-ed boating program for young people ages 14 through 18 and the Mariner Junior program is for those 12-13. Both are designed to allow young people an opportunity to have fun with their friends in sailboats of all sizes at a very low cost. Through a carefully developed program, participants progress from what knowledge they have about boating (often not knowing anything) upon joining the program to being competent in handling sailboats of all sizes.

The Mariner Program is fun, exciting and competitive. It allows for an independent choice of activities and it is flexible so that a young person can join and still have time for school, job and/or sports and other school related activities.

Classroom instruction, Catalina and Channel Island trips, Mariner competitions with other Mariner groups, sailboat racing, maintenance instruction and free sailing are some of the opportunities that members can take part in.

If you would like to more information or make a tax deductible donation to Mariners936 program, please go to www.mariners936.com.

3 SoCal Sailors Named to 2016 Youth World Championship Team

October 20, 2016

Portsmouth, R.I. – US Sailing has named 13 athletes to its 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship Team. The premier youth event in international sailing, the Youth Worlds is expected to include competitors from over 70 nations. The event is set to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from December 14-20.

“A talented and competitive American team has been selected for the 2016 Youth Worlds,” said Leandro Spina, US Sailing’s Youth Development Director. “It takes hard work to develop the skills needed to reach this level, and US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) will assist with preparations as we get closer to the event. We are excited to name our team, and to help them deliver a peak performance in Auckland.”

US Sailing’s 2016 Youth World Championship Team:

  • Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Sophia Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Carrson Pearce (Manahawkin, N.J.)
  • International 420 (girl’s two person dinghy): Kathryn Hall (Haverford, Penn.) and Ashton Borcherding (Greenwich, Conn.)
  • International 420 (boy’s two person dinghy): Wiley Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.)
  • 29er (girl’s high performance dinghy): Louisa Nordstrom (Osprey, Fla.) and Catherine Mollerus (Larchmont, N.Y.)
  • 29er (boy’s high performance dinghy): Ryan Ratliffe (San Diego, Calif.) and Sam Merson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
  • RS:X (girl’s windsurfer): No Selection
  • RS:X (boy’s windsurfer): Geronimo Nores (Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • Nacra 15 (open multihull): Romaine Screve (Kentfield, Calif.) and Ian Brill (San Diego, Calif.)

*Note: No female US RS:X sailor qualified for the 2016 Youth Worlds Team

Several 2016 Youth Worlds Team sailors have worked with the ODP prior to their selection, and their campaign for Auckland represents a natural extension of their previous training. “US Sailing fully supports the Youth Worlds as an event, and we encourage all dedicated young sailors to try to qualify for, and medal at, this regatta,” said Spina. “The ODP staff have been in contact will all of our sailors, and we plan to have a dedicated Youth Worlds training camp in Miami in a few weeks. ODP staff will work closely with each athlete, as well as several of their individual coaches, to works towards our goals. This camp, and the Youth Worlds itself, will help us finish a strong second year of operation for the ODP.”

Spina will serve as Head Coach of the team in Auckland, and will be joined by Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team coach Willie McBride (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Two-time US Sailing National Development Coach of the Year Steve Keen (Stamford, Conn.) rounds out the team’s world-class coaching staff.

For more information about selection process for US Sailing’s 2016 Youth Worlds Team, visit US Sailing.

More information about the 2016 Youth Worlds, visit the event website.

About US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program:

US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) was launched in January 2015 to lead the progression of the most promising youth sailing talent in the US. Guided by the US Olympic Sailing Committee’s Project Pipeline strategic initiative, the ODP fosters an integrated approach to training in the core development and Olympic classes, and is part of a system to provide the United States with a steady stream of well-prepared sailors. Some of these athletes will go on to represent Team USA at The Olympic Games, and provide the national team with consistent success. The fundamental premise of the ODP is to focus on the critical transition from youth sailing to high performance racing in Olympic classes. The ODP is funded through generous donations by individuals and organizations. The lead gift as well as a matching grant has been provided by the AmericaOne Foundation, and the US Olympic Sailing Program is actively seeking supporters to meet this generous match.  For more information on the ODP and the America One Match campaign, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics

About US Sailing

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 is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. 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, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org

Pictured: Youth Worlds competitors celebrate the opening of the 2015 edition of the event. Photo: World Sailing
Pictured: Youth Worlds competitors celebrate the opening of the 2015 edition of the event. Photo: World Sailing

Attention SoCal Youth Sailors!


Red Bull Foiling Generation to Feature US Qualifier and World Final in October 2016

NEWPORT, RI — Today’s youth may have easy access to the technological world but now those talented in sailing will race with the latest in sailboat innovation when the Red Bull Foiling Generation international competition stops in Newport, RI this Fall for the US Qualifier and World Final.

Applications are now being accepted until July 15, 2016 for the US Qualifier held October 11-16, 2016 followed by the World Final on October 18 – 23, 2016 at the Sail Newport Sailing Center at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the rising generation of sailors who aspire to be at the top level of the sport of multi-hull racing and incredibly exciting to watch,” said Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport. “We’re thrilled that Red Bull Foiling Generation organizers chose Newport as the only U.S. event which will fuel the marine and tourism economy in Rhode Island.”

Qualified youth sailors, born in 1996 through 1999 can apply as individuals or part of a two-person team. Those selected will first be trained by two of the most accomplished competitive sailors in the world, who are also the event’s founders. Double gold medalists, Austrians Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, realized an opportunity for the future of high-level foiling and the need to increase the skills of today’s young sailors.

Red Bull Foiling Generation is about providing talented young sailors with the opportunity to advance their careers through high-level hydrofoil racing. These championships serve as training waters for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which caters to competitors ages 19-25. Both competitions train youth sailors from all over the globe on smaller versions of catamaran racers with foils, like those used in one of the world’s most famous sailing competition – America’s Cup.

The event will be sailed in 18’ Flying Phantom catamarans designed with hydrofoil technology. Hydrofoil technology amplifies speed on the boats because one hull lifts out of the water, which alleviates drag.  As one hull is out of the water and “foiling”, the J-shaped foil keeps contact.

The seaside location of Fort Adams State Park in Newport Harbor is home to many sailing events and regattas because of its natural amphitheater on Narragansett Bay and legendary sailing waters. Red Bull Foiling Generation is working in partnership with US Sailing and the non-profit Sail Newport, New England’s premiere public sailing center, which will host the event.

Applications are being accepted until July 16, please visit: foilinggeneration.redbull.com and for images/video, please visit www.redbullcontentpool.com/redbullsailing