Olympic Sailing Regatta Takes Place July 29-August 11
Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (July 26, 2012) – On the eve of the 2012 Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is poised for the start of racing in the Olympic Sailing Regatta. The 16-strong team due to compete across the 10 Olympic events scheduled for July 29 – August 11. The team has settled into the Athletes Village, located nearby the Olympic Sailing Venue in Portland, U.K., and on Friday they will travel to London for the Opening Ceremonies. Team USA is one of three national teams to field a full Olympic Sailing team.
Unlike the 2008 Games where the Opening Ceremony was a three-hour flight away, the 2012 opening is close enough for the entire team, plus Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen, to attend.“This time around I told myself I had to do it,” said Stuart McNay, Men’s 470 skipper. “I’m really excited. From what I hear it’s one of the quintessential moments for an athlete.”
“It’s going to be amazing. It will make all the hours we put in, all the sacrifices and all the people who have supported us; a lot of people will be walking with us whether they’re with us in person or not, and it will be really special,” said Erik Storck, 49er skipper.
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U.S. 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)
About the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Athletes in each Olympic class were selected to the Team based on performance at two selection events. US Sailing has a proud history in the sport, collecting 59 medals since sailing was first included in the Games in 1900.
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 U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Sailing Teams. For more information, please visit us at www.ussailing.org.