Team USA Selection Criteria

2024 420 Jr. European Championships

July 21-28, 2023

(Team USA arrival for training on July 16)

Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, Greece

Team USA Application Form

Event website

All USA sailors wishing to compete at the International 420 Jr. European Championships (JEC) must qualify and be selected by the US I420 Class Association. Sailors may qualify to apply by earning qualification points based on the formula outlined below or by being selected as a “wild card” by the US I420 Class Association Selection Committee.

The US I420 Class Association will begin accepting JEC Team USA Acceptance Applications1 and sailors will have until the deadline below to submit their application. The Class will post the final Class qualifying points results and US I420 Class Association Selection Committee will then begin notifying the Class Membership of the Teams that are invited to compete in the Championship Event, per the schedule. Please note that only qualifying points earned by the Helm are eligible, but an application is valid only when both helm and crew are included in the application.



January 1: US Class begins accepting Applications

February 21: US Class posts final points qualification standings (following midwinters)

March 3: Deadline for submission of Applications

March 21: US Class begins notifying sailors of their acceptance on Team USA

July 16: Team USA pre-regatta training starts, at the venue.

July 21-22: Measurement, Practice Race, Opening Ceremony

July 23-28:  Racing

July 28:  Awards & Closing Ceremony

July 29:  Depart

MAXIMUM SIZE OF TEAM USA (to be confirmed in the Notice of Race)

U19 12 Teams (24 sailors)
U17 5 Teams (10 sailors)
U15 2 Teams (4 sailors)


Age Eligibility
Skipper and crew shall not have attained his/her:
U19 Division: 19th birthday on or before Dec 31, 2024 (i.e., born on or after 1/1/2006).

U17 Division: 17th birthday on or before Dec 31, 2024 (i.e., born on or after 1/1/2008).

U15 Division: 15th birthda on or before Dec 31, 2024 (i.e. born on or after 1/1/2010)



Team USA will consist of up to twelve (12) teams for the U19 division, five (5) teams for the U17 (under 17) division and two (2) teams for the U15 (under 15) division. U17 and U15 race in a single fleet. Both divisions are open/mens/mixed - there are no separate women’s divisions.

High point selections are based on the highest combined total qualifying points, calculated based on the helm finishing positions from three (3) Qualifying Regattas noted below, using a maximum of one regatta from each group, and calculated to 3 decimal places.

While qualification points accumulated at Qualifying Points Regattas by a sailor are important in the final decision as to which sailors will be chosen by the Selection Committee to compete on any USA championship team (Team USA), qualification points are not the only criteria. A sailor’s practice of appropriate Corinthian spirit, sportsmanship and general behavior are an important component in the selection process.



(Only regattas that have been completed prior to February 28, 2024 are eligible)

  • 2023 US Nationals/OrangeBowl
  • 2024 NA Championship
  • 2023 Worlds - Spain
  • 2023 Jr. Europeans - Poland
  • 2024 US Midwinters
  • 2023 Atlantic Coast Championship
  • 2024 Pacific Coast Championship

A qualifying regatta must have a minimum of twelve (12) boats sail in the event in order for points to be awarded.

Qualification Calculation Formula

(N-F) + 1 divided by N, multiplied by W = Qualification Points (carried to 3 decimals)


N = number of boats that sailed in the regatta

F = sailors’ finish position in the entire fleet (not flight) e.g., Open, Women’s, U17

W = the event Bonus or Weighting Multiple – to indicate importance of event in qualification



Any Team that has earned a top three “podium” finish in the Gold Fleet at the prior years' 420 Worlds will be offered an invitation to become a Member of Team USA at this JECs. The Pre-Qualified Teams must still apply by the submission deadline.



“Wild Card” invitations may be extended to sailors to join Team USA if there are not enough qualifying teams to fill out the full roster. A “Wild Card” team is one that does not qualify on points. The Selection Committee has authority to invite sailors from the list of applicants who have submitted an application form by the submission deadline.

Wild Card Teams may be chosen from any team that meets any of these criteria:

  • Has qualifying points under the Selection Criteria as published in this document.
  • Sailed in at least one (1) previous I420 US qualifying regatta over the last two (2) years – including any of the current qualifying events leading up to the upcoming JECs.
  • Was a previous member of Team USA at a Worlds, Europeans or JECs in any prior year.
  • A sailing resume that demonstrates their ability to compete at a top international level (in any class).

Prior experience in international competition is an important factor in selecting “Wild Card” teams. Teams without experience at any of the qualifying regattas may be considered for selection as a “Wild Card” team if the US I420 Class Selection Committee and TeamUSA Head Coach deems that the team has sufficient experience that would indicate that the Team is prepared to be competitive at the JEC.



  • The Helm and Crew must be specified in the Application for the application be to valid and accepted.
  • Applications CAN be submitted prior Mid-winters. All results for the sailor will be used for qualifying points even if the application is submitted before the final qualifying regatta (midwinters) is completed.
  • After completion of the Mid-Winters the class will post the final qualifying results of the points events regattas.
  • After March 18 the US I420 Class Association Selection Committee will notify sailors who are invited to join Team USA at JECs. These sailors will be notified by email and will have five (5) days to accept before position(s) are offered to the next eligible sailor(s).
  • Any remaining open position(s) will be offered to Applicants with qualification points, and Wild Card applicants, until such time as all the Team positions are filled. These sailors will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to accept before any remaining position(s) are offered to the next eligible sailor(s). This process will continue until the team is full.



  • Invitations will be extended only to valid members of the US I420 Class Association. A sailor’s results in regattas sailed while not a paid-up member of the US I420 Class Association will not be eligible for use in calculating qualifying points.
  • A helmsperson must sail in a minimum of two (2) US I420 qualifying events, as a helmsperson, unless applying as a wild card.
  • Applications will be deemed valid and accepted only when the helm and crew information or included. A helm may include any crew so long as the selected crew is age eligible and has competed in at least one (1) Qualifying Regattas in any year, as either a helm or crew, or the crew was previously a member of a team that has sailed the I420 at international, national or a significant regional event within the past 24 months.
  • Acceptance of an application is based on the sailor meeting the eligibility criteria for entry to the International 420 Class Association JECs as published by the International 420 Class Association and the Regatta Organizing Authority for the JECs.
  • All Team USA sailors (helmsman and crew) must be current members of US Sailing and registered with World Sailing in order to compete in the JECs.
  • Sailors are responsible for their own housing, transportation and securing their boats. The US Class will provide recommendations on housing and boat charter options.
  • Sailors are not permitted to use, bring or otherwise have their own private coach at the regatta. The US Class provides all coaching for Team USA, including all related travel, logistics and support for Team USA coaches.
  • Sailors are required to designate parents/chaperones that will be present at the venue throughout the event.
  • In the unlikely event of a tie between sailors for final qualification points (carried to 3 decimal places), the sailor’s actual finishing position in the I420 National Championship/Orange Bowl Regatta will be used as the tie-breaker.