The America’s Cup was only the latest in a long line of spectacular events held on one of the world’s premier sailing grounds that has produced more than it’s share of talented sailors. Recently another Bay Area youth talent was recognized in the national Sailing World magazine by sailing leader, Gary Jobson. 18 year old Jack Barton of San Anselmo, CA has been performing at the top level of the sport of sailing locally and now nationally. Starting on San Francisco Bay was only the beginning.
Read in Sailing World:
Since 2001, we’ve presented a Junior All-Star list of high-achieving young sailors from around the United States. Many of these sailors have become collegiate All Americans, Olympians, and champions in a variety of classes. There are many sailing opportunities for young people today thanks to dedicated parents, forward-thinking yacht clubs, and managers of high school sailing programs. Most of these young people get to know each other as they race throughout the country and the world. These are friendships that will last a lifetime, and the competition helps build skills and character.
In order to create our list, I review the results of dozens of junior regattas, consult with coaches, and look for special achievements that stand out. In truth, our list could easily number over 100 sailors. Here, we present five sailors who represent an impressive cross section of junior sailing in the United States today. Read On.
By Gary Jobson