All U.S. sailors welcome to send-off celebration presented by Maclaren
Portsmouth, R.I. (May 30, 2012) – With less than two months until the start of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, England, US Sailing announced a nationwide effort to cheer on the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. With the theme “Good Luck USA” the initiative offers ways for fans and sailors to support the 22 athletes as they make their way to Weymouth, the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competition.
On July 14, the US Olympic Sailing Committee together with the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound will host “Good Luck USA Send-Off presented by Maclaren”, a celebration featuring the 16 Olympic and six Paralympic sailing athletes who will compete in this summer’s Games. The free party, open to junior sailors from across the country, takes place at Larchmont Yacht Club, in Larchmont, N.Y. Supported by Sperry Top-Sider and Ben & Jerry’s, Good Luck USA Send-Off presented by Maclaren represents an exclusive opportunity for America’s Olympic and Paralympic fans to meet the country’s best dinghy, keelboat and board sailors before they head to London for the Games. The party is free to attend with advance registration and will feature one-of-a-kind souvenirs, meet and greets with athletes and a few fun surprises.
The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are becoming known as the “social Games” with the International Olympic Committee encouraging athletes to share their Games experience with fans and followers through Facebook and Twitter. The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider – the national team comprised of America’s Olympic and Paralympic Team representatives – will continue to use its Facebook and Twitter (@USSailingTeam) accounts to keep fans updated throughout the sailing competition. Get social with the team as they make their Way to Weymouth and send them a message.
Direct Email to Athletes
In addition to posting direct messages on the Team’s Facebook fan page or tweeting, supporters can send an email directly to the team or individual athletes, at any time, by emailing GoodLuckUSA@ussailing.org.
“Every four years US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee throws a very special send-off party for the Olympic and Paralympic Teams,” said Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee and the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Team Leader. “We’re excited to partner with Maclaren, Sperry Top-Sider, JSA of Long Island Sound and Larchmont Yacht Club to introduce as many junior sailors as possible to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Team members. I encourage every junior sailor in America to make plans now to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Featured at the Good Luck USA presented by Maclaren:
US Olympic Sailing Team
Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – 470 (Women’s Two Person Dinghy)
Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – Elliott 6m (women’s match racing)
Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.)—RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer)
Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)—49er (Men’s Two Person Dinghy High Performance)
Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) – RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer)
Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) – Star (Men’s Keelboat)
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy)
Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.)—Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy)
Stu McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)—470 (Men’s Two Person Dinghy)
Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy)
US Paralympic Sailing Team
Jen French and JP Creignou (both St. Petersburg, Fla.) – SKUD-18 (Two Person Dinghy)
Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.) – 2.4mR (One Person Dinghy)
Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport R.I.), Tom Brown (Castine, Me.) and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) – Sonar (Three Person Dinghy)
About the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes and Trinity Yachts.
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit us at www.ussailing.org.
Maclaren is the pre-eminent lifestyle brand for parenting. For nearly 50 years Maclaren has stood for excellence, empowerment and innovation, and is best known for the creation of the first umbrella buggy which revolutionized baby transport. Like Maclaren, the sport of sailing encompasses a complete lifestyle with a rich heritage. In an effort to spread the positive impact of sailing, the Maclaren Sailing Sponsorship Programme promotes participation and retention in the sport of sailing on a global basis. Maclaren sponsors a variety of sailors and regattas around the world including training and community initiatives. To learn more, please visit www.maclarenbaby.com.
Contact: Dana Paxton, US Olympic & Paralympic Teams Press Officer, +1 401-683-0800, x615, firstname.lastname@example.org; mobile +1 401-369-0490 (in U.K. May 24-June 10)