US SAILING Announces Selection Procedures for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Sailing

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US SAILING Announces Selection Procedures for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Sailing

Portsmouth, R.I. (July 7, 2010) – US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has finalized the selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing in the 10 events selected for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, set for July 27- August 12, 2012 in Weymouth/Portland, England. Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify based on their combined performance at two international events: Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth/Portland, England, scheduled for June 5-11, 2011, and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championship, in Perth, Australia, scheduled for December 3-18, 2011. The exception is the Women’s Match Racing event, which will have two separate qualifying regattas, available to U.S. athletes only: one in Miami, Florida in October, 2011, and another in Weymouth, England in spring 2012 (dates to be announced).

“The Olympic Sailing Program’s primary mission is to field a team of athletes most capable of achieving success at the Olympic Games, and we believe this new system gives us the greatest chance of achieving that mission in 2012,” said Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), the Chairman of the OSC, which consists of volunteers, staff and Olympic and Paralympic class athletes. “The world of Olympic class competition has evolved dramatically in the last ten years, and our selection system needed to evolve as well.”

To read an interview with Brenner about the new selection procedures, please click here.

The 10 sailing events selected for the 2012 Olympic Games are: Finn (Heavyweight Dinghy); Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy); Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy); 470 Men (Men’s Two Person Dinghy); 470 Women (Women’s Two Person Dinghy); 49er (Men’s Two Person Dinghy High Performance); RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer); RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer); Star (Men’s Keelboat); and Elliott 6m (Women’s Match Racing).

US SAILING will send a maximum of one boat per event, pending country qualification, to the 2012 Olympic Games for a maximum team size of 16. Upon approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the qualifying athletes will be named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing and will compete in the Olympic Regatta. The Olympic Regatta will be held July 27 – August 12, 2012, in the towns of Weymouth and Portland, which are located on the southern coast of England, approximately 120 miles southwest of London.

All selection procedures have been reviewed and approved by the USOC Team Selection Working Group. For additional details about the selection procedures for the 2012 Olympic Team – Sailing, please visit http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Selection.htm. The selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team – Sailing are currently being finalized and will be announced soon.

About the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics 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 AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken, Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Trinity Yachts. 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. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: www.ussailing.org. For more information about the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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