Piers Park Sailing Center on Boston Harbor last week hosted the U.S. Sailing’s Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championship. The country’s best junior sailors competed in the national semi-finals with the winners advancing to the National Championship in San Diego at Mission Bay Yacht Club.
The regatta consisted of eight junior (14-18 years old) teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York competing in a series of races over the course of two days.
Sailors competed in three classes – single-, double- and triple-handed – with three boat types – Laser (11 ft), C420 (14 ft) and Lightning (19 ft).
The regatta included last year’s national second place winner from Newport, RI, skipper Luke Adams, whose father Ed is a three-time America’s Cup sailor.
Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) is the closest non-profit and recreational sailing center to downtown Boston, located at the heart of Boston Harbor in Boston’s newest award-winning waterfront park.
PPSC’s non-profit mission is to provide recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, and its youth program serves more than 700 of the city’s most at-risk youth every year with a comprehensive curriculum of adventure, learning and empowerment.
PPSC’s adult sailing club provides adults of all abilities with world class sailing and instruction on Boston Harbor and throughout the Boston Harbor Islands just minutes from downtown while helping to support the youth program.
All of PPSC’s programs have been nationally recognized for adaptive sailing accessibility. Led by 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, PPSC adaptive sailing serves a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.