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Director's Report: US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) is not just a new youth program, but a fundamental shift in how we develop high-performance sailing talent in the United States. With that in mind, we are very pleased with how the first year of such a large new project has unfolded. Read On.

USA Results - 2015 Season

US Sailing Youth Travel Teams had a successful international debut! The young athletes on these teams were selected from their participation in ODP Training Camps. Sailors gained top international racing experience and high-level coaching provided by US Sailing’s ODP.  More Information.
ODP Radial Travel Team (Laser Radial Youth Worlds):
  • 4 girls: Anna Weiss, Sophia Reineke, Charlotte Rose and Christina Sakellaris
  • 5 boys: Nic Baird (BRONZE), Scott Rasmussen, William Marshall, Henry Marshall, Pat Shanahan
  • Full Results
ODP 29er Travel Team (29er Worlds):
  • 6 teams/12 athletes (Chris Williford and Wade Waddell (BRONZE), Nic Muller, Ian McDiarmid, Max Brill, Andrew Person, Jacob Rosenberg, Rhodes Garner, Pere Puig, Shane Riera)
  • Full Results
World Class: Over 230 sailors were involved in the first year of the ODP, and received top-level coaching from accomplished professionals such as Ed Baird (pictured, right), Anna Tunnicliffe, Willie McBride, Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake, Molly Vandemoer, Zach Railey, Dee Smith, Mark Littlejohn, Chris Rast, Tom Burnham, Rulo Borojovich, Stu McNay, Brendan Casey, Mike Kalin, Dane Wilson, and Steve Keen.

ODP coaches worked with kids in the Laser Radial, 29er, I420, RS:X, and F16 classes, and also ran College Sailing and High-Performance clinics at Oakcliff Sailing (Oyster Bay, New York) in the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Olympic classes.
USA sailors earned successful results in other youth classes beyond what the ODP focused on in 2015. The program was able to help some of these sailors before their major events in 2015, and the ODP staff looks forward to getting more involved as time goes on. The future looks bright!
  • RSOne (youth sailboard) Europeans was won by Pedro Pascual.
  • RS:X board sailor Marion Lepert won bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, and took silver at the RS:X Europeans in the U21 division. 
  • I420 sailors also shined, with Americans winning silver at Worlds (Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin), and gold and silver at I420 Junior Europeans (Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin and Will Logue/Bram Brakman)

Up Next: On To The 2015 ISAF Youth Worlds

The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships is the biggest stage in junior sailing, and led by the ODP, US Sailing's 2015 Youth Worlds Team will be better-prepared than ever.
Read: How The US Youth Worlds Team Is Preparing For Langkawi
Showing the Way: ISAF Youth Worlds medalists and recent college graduates Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) won the Rio Olympic Test Event in August in the Women's 470 class. Full Story.
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About The 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


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