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Youth Worlds and the "failing" youth development system

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After one day(4 races) of youth worlds in Corpus Christi, Americans are leading in the Boys C420, Girls C420, Girls Radial, Boys RSX and are third in the Girls 29er. Overall the US is leading the Nations trophy(overall country performance) by a sizeable margin. 

One day is a small sample size in a long regatta, but I think the proof is in the pudding. We're not doing as bad of a job as we think..

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I don't think the discussion has ever really been that we don't have talent. Just that the pool to draw from is far too small and we should be working to get more kids in the sport.

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2 hours ago, ASP said:

 

One day is a small sample size in a long regatta,

Standing by, noting that US kids have NEVER had trouble doing well in C420 or Laser small rigs.  

 

Not much to be impressed at yet.

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1 hour ago, MR.CLEAN said:

Standing by, noting that US kids have NEVER had trouble doing well in C420 or Laser small rigs.  

 

Not much to be impressed at yet.

+1 Clean. There are plenty of talented kids sailing. The real issue is taking it to the next level as adults. College sailing grinds through kids and often does not get them ready for the next level. We need to see what other countries are doing and see if we can adapt their methods here.

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4 hours ago, Rum Runner said:

+1 Clean. There are plenty of talented kids sailing. The real issue is taking it to the next level as adults. College sailing grinds through kids and often does not get them ready for the next level. We need to see what other countries are doing and see if we can adapt their methods here.

Funny, I see it the other way. Kids gravitate to college sailing because it is the only platform with financial support we have in the USA. They love sailing and follow the path of least resistance to keep doing it. Why so negative? Is it everything to prepare a 49er sailor? Nope. Does it keep a metric crapton of kids sailing through a time of complete financial ruin? Bingo.

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Yeah but what do they have for training after college sailing only teaches them how to team race in boats that are not connected to Olympic or high performance sailing in any way. 

I get the cost and durability aspect of the FJ, and it should stay as the college sailing boat. And that’s the point. College sailing should not be regarded as preparing anyone for anything besides how to most efficiently roll tack an FJ. 

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1 hour ago, jackolantern said:

Yeah but what do they have for training after college sailing only teaches them how to team race in boats that are not connected to Olympic or high performance sailing in any way. 

I get the cost and durability aspect of the FJ, and it should stay as the college sailing boat. And that’s the point. College sailing should not be regarded as preparing anyone for anything besides how to most efficiently roll tack an FJ. 

Let's be fair here. College/high school sailing teaches strategy, tactics, and starting very well. Not to mention team racing, which should be in the Olympic program. Slow and simple boats on short courses mean that performance differences between boats are minimized, keeping the fleet tight.

The drawbacks, of course, are that there are no long courses, fleets are usually 18 boats or less, and venues are often cramped and shifty. The one exception is singlehanded events, which are sort of the redheaded stepchild of college/HS racing but more closely resemble a normal top-level Laser regatta. Maybe a sanctioned high-performance event here and there in the Fall season (would probably have to be BYO boat due to cost) would be a nice compliment to that.

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