The first worlds after an Olympics is typically a time for experimentation. To wit: the recently announced plan to stage a regional youth regatta during September’s world championships. The Youth Regional Challenge will see the top young talent from USRowing’s six regions racing in “all-star” eights and quads on the same buoyed course national teams will take to. Heats will take place prior to the opening ceremonies on Sept. 23, with finals running at the conclusion of the first day of heats the following day. “This is a really exciting event that will allow each region to showcase its talent on the world stage,” said U.S. junior development coach Steve Hargis.