Mass Bay Junior Olympics at Annisquam Yacht Club

Today Annisquam Yacht Club is quiet, but two weeks from now – watch out!The Annisquam Yacht Club will be hosting the 2012 Mass. Bay Junior Olympic Sailing Festival on August 13-15.  US Sailing’s Junior Olympic Sailing Program is a nationwide series of regattas for youth ages 8 to 21. Each event in this family of regattas is hosted by a different club or organization, but all events share a common goal: to promote the enjoyment of sailing and development of skills to young sailors as well as provide an Olympic pathway for talented junior sailors.

Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels–from beginning racers to those with Olympic aspirations. In 2012, 30 events are planned in the continental United States and Hawaii and over 4,500 sailors expected to participate. Junior Olympic Sailing is coordinated by US Sailing and sponsored nationally by West Marine and Gill.

The Annisquam Yacht Club will be welcoming sailors aged 8-18 in the Optimist, Laser Radial, and Club 420 classes, and expect more than 300 sailors to participate in this exciting and fun-filled event!

Registration is now open and available online via Regatta Network. For help with registration, contact

Grace Papp, 15, has been sailing since she was 7.  This is her third year crewing 420’s – she handles the spinnaker and jib.  Grace loves sailing and sails all day everyday during the summer.  She is the only girl who is going to the overnight away regattas.

E.J. Lefavour

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