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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dana Paxton, US SAILING, (401) 683-0800 X615, danapaxton@ussailing.org

Portsmouth, R.I., USA (September 30, 2010) – US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has finalized the selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team – Sailing in the three events selected for the 2012 Paralympic Regatta, set for August 29-September 9, 2012 in Weymouth/Portland, England.  Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify based on their combined performance at two international events: 2012 IFDS World Championship, in Port Charlotte, Fla., scheduled for January 8-16, 2012, and US SAILING’s 2012 Rolex Miami OCR, in Miami, Fla., scheduled for January 22-28, 2012.

“The Olympic Sailing Program’s primary mission is to field a team of athletes most capable of achieving success at the Olympic and Paralympic 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 Olympic Sailing Committee. “Our decisions for the Paralympic Trials are entirely consistent with the decisions we made for our Olympic team selection. The world of Olympic and Paralympic sailing is an international one and we want to choose our representatives based on how they fare against the best in the world.”

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

The three sailing events selected for the 2012 Paralympic Games are: Paralympic One Person Keelboat (2.4mR); Paralympic Two Person Keelboat (SKUD18); and Paralympic Three Person Keelboat (Sonar).

US SAILING will send a maximum of one boat per event, pending country qualification, to the 2012 Paralympic Games for a maximum team size of six. Upon approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the qualifying athletes will be named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team – Sailing and will compete in the Paralympic Regatta. The Paralympic Regatta will be held August 29-September 9, 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 Paralympic Team – Sailing, please visit http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Selection/Paralympic_Games.htm

The selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing were previously announced and are posted online:http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Selection.htm

About the US Olympic and Paralympic 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 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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