ECSA participates in the Middle Atlantic Midget Championships each year along with seven other YRAs/SAs (Yacht Racing Associations/Sailing Associations). The YRAs/SAs take turns hosting the regatta on a rotating schedule:
2016 Chesapeake Bay YRA
2017 Eastern Connecticut SA
2018 Eastern Long Island SA
2019 YRA of Long Island Sound
2020 Middle Atlantic YRA
2021 Great South Bay YRA
2022 North Jersey YRA
2023 Barnegat Bay YRA
Each Association may enter two boats in each of the single handed (Optimist) and double handed (Club 420 with spinnaker and trapeze) classes. These eliminations are open to all ECSA Midgets, with no restriction as to one per club. Sailors are eligible for “Midget” status if they are 15 years or younger on December 31, 2018. This could change based on the hosting club AC NOR.
To determine which two boats represent ECSA in the Club 420 class, ECSA conducts a one-day elimination, sailed concurrently with the 420 fleet at the ECSA qualifier regatta noted on the schedule (Niantic Bay Junior Olympics for 2018). The top two Midget finishers qualify for the Middle Atlantic Midget Championships. If a qualifier cannot attend, the invitation to represent ECSA goes to the next finisher.
To determine which two boats represent ECSA in the Opti class, ECSA tabulates the highest point total for skippers sailing at least four of the ECSA opti events in July. Scoring is based on ECSA Jr series scoring. Ties will be broken by who has the largest single regatta score. If a tie still remains, then to the next highest score. The two skippers with the highest point totals qualify for the Middle Atlantic Championships. If a qualifier cannot attend, the invitation to represent ECSA goes to the skipper with the next highest point total.