The U.S. Yacht Racing Union has announced this year's schedule for junior sailors' ladder competition.
Racing is in three classes, with single-handers competing toward the D. Verner Smythe Trophy, double-handers going for the F. Gregg Bemis Trophy and three-man crews aimed at the Sears Cup.
For each class, sailors first must be selected by their yacht racing associations. These winners go on to USYRU area competitions, whose winners will advance to the final, national competition.
Locally, the first steps of the ladder, the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association competitions, are regattas and assessments that are open to any CBYRA-area junior sailors, without special invitation.
They are scheduled as follows:
* Smythe (single-handed): July 8-9, Lasers, at Norfolk Naval Sailing Association, Norfolk, Va.; contact Joe Bousquet, (204) 444-2918.
* Bemis (double-handed): July 8-9, Flying Juniors, Warwick Yacht & Country Club, Newport News, Va.; contact George Webb, (204) 595-6420.
* Sears (three-man): by resume; mail to CBYRA, c/o Bill Torgerson, 975 Melvin Road, Annapolis, Md. 21403.
The winners of these local championships will go on to compete againstother local winners in the Area C Championships, at the Monmouth Boat Club in Monmouth, N.J., Aug. 1-2, using Laser Radials for the Smythe, Albacores for the Bemis and Lightnings for the Sears. The contact for this step of the ladder competition is Howard Hathaway, (201) 769-7420.
The national USYRU/Rolex Junior Championships for the threetrophies will be Aug. 16-24 at the Mentor Harbor Yachting Club, Cleveland, Ohio, using Europe dinghies for the Smythe, Club Juniors for the Bemis and Thistle for the Sears.