The Young American Sailing Academy (YASA) is a public not-for-profit organization whose vision is to provide opportunities and support for youth sailors. The team's base is in western Long Island Sound, but the scope of it's membership is nationwide. YASA is built from multiple campaigns for either individual races, such as the Newport-Bermuda Race, or campaigning with in a class. Currently, Young American has two J/105s, a Viper650, and an M32.
Young American began in 2013 as a junior big boat team located out of American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Peter Becker, accompanied by other devoted parents, saw the need to engage the next generation of sailors in the sport. With the donation of the J/105 Young American, juniors began to compete in the Long Island Sound J/105 Class. The juniors took ownership of the boat and as in Peter Becker’s famous words “treated the boat like a jungle-gym”.
The team expanded in 2016 as 7 members of the team sailed the Newport-Bermuda Race on the Tripp 41 High Noon. Guillerimo Altadill coached the team for this event, along with Peter Becker and Rob Alexander. Guillermo is an extremely talented professional sailor from Spain who has a natural “gas-pedal”. He was an amazing addition to the team.
In 2017 the official Young American Sailing Academy (YASA) with a 501c3 recognition was created in preparation for the 2018 Newport- Bermuda Race, in which YASA raced the RP ’63 Gambler.
Since then, YASA has grown to incorporate a Viper640, a second J/105, and an M32 Campaign. YASA is also working toward the Mixed Double-Handed Olympic camping.