These eight tal­ented sailors stand out from the thou­sands of ju­niors who are com­pet­ing at a much higher level than our past Junior All-stars. Amer­i­can sail­ing’s fu­ture is in good hands.

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What do these eight Jobson Junior All-stars have in com­mon? Re­sults, and the drive to suc­ceed.

O Since com­pil­ing my an­nual Jobson Junior All-star lists since 2001, I’ve been comb­ing through re­sults of hundreds of junior cham­pi­onship re­gat­tas and speak­ing with par­ents, coaches and young sailors about their as­tound­ing per­for­mances. The All-stars from that first class are now in their 30s, and many who fol­lowed have gone on to be­come col­le­giate cham­pi­ons, world cham­pi­ons, Amer­ica’s Cup sailors, Olympic medal­ists, and Rolex yachts­men and yachtswomen of the year. A few names you should rec­og­nize in­clude An­drew Camp­bell, Paige and Zach Rai­ley, Bri­ana Provan­cha, Caleb Paine, Char­lie Buck­ing­ham, Clay John­son, Stephanie Roble and Molly Cara­piet. As I have with my All-star fi­nal­ists in the past, I’ve dis­cov­ered a com­mon thread with this year’s class: They each have a strong de­sire to ex­cel, ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of their par­ents, and work closely with coaches to im­prove their skills.

Stephen Baker, 13, of Co­conut Grove, Florida, was the first to cross my radar thanks to rec­om­men­da­tions from pro­fes­sional sailors Steve Ben­jamin and Mike Toppa. This su­per­star Op­ti­mist sailor is only in the eighth grade at Ran­som Ever­glades School and has been sail­ing for only four years. Baker won the 35th Lake Garda Op­ti­mist Meet­ing in April 2017 against 770 boats, and at the Op­ti­mist World Cham­pi­onship in Thai­land, in July, he fin­ished fourth of 281 boats.

“I wish I had been a bit more ag­gres­sive on the first days,” says Baker, who also de­fended his Op­ti­mist North Amer­i­can ti­tle in Canada. And if that isn’t enough to im­press, he won the 2017 U.S. Op­ti­mist Na­tion­als, top­ping 307 com­peti­tors.

When not sail­ing, he plays golf and is on a club swim­ming team.

“Golf and sail­ing both test my pa­tience and fo­cus,” he says. “You have to take one race at a time, like one hole at a time. Swim­ming pre­pares me phys­i­cally and men­tally for the long hours on the wa­ter.”

Chase Car­raway, 17, of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, started sail­ing Op­ti­mists at the age of 6 and now races a Laser Ra­dial. In 2017, Car­raway won the Ra­dial Laser Na­tion­als and the Cressy Tro­phy (In­ter­scholas­tic Sail­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Sin­gle­handed Cham­pi­onship) and placed fifth at the U.S. Youth Champs in the Ra­dial. When Car­raway is not racing with the Cape Fear sail­ing team, he trav­els to Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, to practice on many week­ends. Car­raway hopes to be ac­cepted to Ho­bart and Wil­liam Smith Col­leges to join its sail­ing team be­fore con­sid­er­ing an Olympic cam­paign after col­lege.

When asked if he ever had an em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment in sail­ing, he re­calls an in­ci­dent at an Op­ti­mist re­gatta sev­eral years ago, one he’d per­haps soon rather for­get. “We were be­ing towed through a sewage spill on Long Island Sound,” he says, “and some­how I cap­sized when the coach let go of my tow rope. I was in my dry­suit, but I still needed to be com­pletely cleaned up.”

Car­men and Emma Cowles, 17, Larch­mont, New York, are twin sis­ters who race for the Ma­maro­neck High School sail­ing team. They both started sail­ing at the age of 9 in Op­ti­mists. To­day they race the In­ter­na­tional 420, In­ter­clubs and oc­ca­sion­ally Fly­ing Ju­niors. Emma and Car­men both spend time as skip­per and crew. They won the 2016 In­ter­na­tional 420 Na­tion­als at the Orange Bowl and placed third at the In­ter­na­tional 420 North Amer­i­cans. Both sailors are con­sid­er­ing grad­u­at­ing to ei­ther the In­ter­na­tional 470 or 49erfx in the near fu­ture. They credit their Op­ti­mist coach, Pepe Bet­tini and, more re­cently, their coach Steve Keen for rapid im­prove­ments in re­cent years. While it’s yet to be de­ter­mined whether they’ll at­tend the same col­lege, they do share a com­mon de­sire to at­tend a school that is highly com­pet­i­tive aca­dem­i­cally and with a strong var­sity sail­ing pro­gram.

“Sail­ing has given me the op­por­tu­nity to learn crit­i­cal life lessons such as deal­ing with stress, per­form­ing un­der pres­sure and learn­ing to be suc­cess­ful,” says Emma. Car­men adds, “Be­ing con­fi­dent with who and where you are as a sailor is cru­cial to be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful ath­lete.” Stu­dious as well, they re­cently read Wind Strat­egy by David Houghton and Fiona Camp­bell, and the book gave them a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of wind.

Cameron Feves, 17, of Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, started sail­ing as a 1-year-old, rid­ing along with his fa­ther on the fam­ily Ol­son 30 in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Four years later, Feves was skip­per­ing a Lido 14. This past sum­mer, along with his team­mates Tris­tan Richmond and Brock Paquin, Feves won the Sears Cup in Fly­ing Scots on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. The trio won five of 10 races. In ad­di­tion to racing FJS, 420s and Lasers, Feves en­joys the J/22 and plans to race with his Sears Cup crew in the J/22 World Cham­pi­onships in Annapolis in 2018. He has also raced Nacra 15s and 17s with Nico Martin.

Feves gleans sail­ing in­for­ma­tion from the on­line re­source por­tal of the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Youth Yacht Racing As­so­ci­a­tion ev­ery day. “I find it to be my big­gest re­source for or­ga­niz­ing my time,” says Feves, who placed third in the Laser Mid­win­ters West and sev­enth in the U.S. Sail­ing Sin­gle­handed

Chase Car­raway

Car­men Cowles

Kim­mie Leonard

Mad­die Hawkins

Cameron Feves

Stephen Baker

Jamie Paul

Emma Cowles

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