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Contact: Marni Lane, US SAILING, (617) 671-8332 , marnilane@ussailing.org

Olympic Sailing Program Announces New US Sailing Development Team;
Applications Now Being Accepted for 2010

November 2, 2009 (Portsmouth, R.I.) – Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), a new, youth pipeline team supported by US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC). Formerly known as the US Sailing Team – U18 and US Sailing Team – U23, the USSDT was created for young athletes who have been identified as future Olympic prospects.

USSDT members will receive elite-level coaching, guidance and mentoring from the Olympic coaching staff who will help these athletes acquire the skills to make independent decisions and to compete at the Olympic level. In addition, these athletes will benefit from joint training with US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members and other top young sailors from across the United States. The OSC will also support these athletes with shipping and logistical assistance and advice, as well as access to the OSC’s Performance Enhancement Team of physical therapists, trainers and nutritionists.

The OSC is currently accepting applications from talented sailors, aged 13 years or older as of January 1, 2010, who have shown a strong work ethic, willingness to work within a team, and good results at international events and high-level domestic events. Applicants should also have the ability and commitment to train within the OSC’s system and reach an elite international level. The OSC will choose qualified candidates up to and including the following number of sailors in these classes:

Laser Radial: Up to 12 sailors, including at least 3 female sailors
Laser: Up to 5 sailors
I420: Up to 8 teams
29er: Up to 4 teams
470: Up to 4 teams
49er: Up to 2 teams
Finn: Up to 1 sailor

The OSC will work with the members of the USSDT to create joint training and racing opportunities, while respecting other demands on the sailor such as school. Please see the list of mandatory camps and regattas in the USSDT Selection Guidelines on the US Sailing Teams web site: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Sailing_Teams_Home/Teams/US_Sailing_Development_Team.htm

Applicants must also be current members of US SAILING and be permanent legal residents of the U.S. and abide by ISAF Nationality criteria (as outlined in the ISAF regulations). The OSC will select team members by sailing resume, including regatta results and awards, as well as a proposed training plan for 2010. Sailors who have qualified for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) will not be eligible for the USSDT.

Sailors interested in applying for the team should apply electronically at: https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=2489. Current members of the US Sailing Team - Under 18 or US Sailing Team - Under 23 should apply at: https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=2494. The deadline for applications is midnight PST on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Team members will be announced in January, 2010.

For more details and information about the USSDT, including its mission, benefits, training/competition schedule and selection guidelines, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Sailing_Teams_Home/Teams/US_Sailing_Development_Team/2010_USSDT_Selection_Guidelines.htm

About the US Sailing Development Team
The US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Selected annually, the USSDT is supported and administered exclusively by the US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING. The OSC’s mission is to develop sailors for Olympic-caliber competition and to prepare them for qualification to the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and the Olympic Sailing Team. The OSC supports these athletes with coaching and by facilitating training and racing with and against the best national and international competition. 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 Sailing Development Team, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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