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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Members Continue To Lead
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings

Portsmouth, R.I. (May 1, 2009) – US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members continue to lead the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)’s Sailing World Cup Standings, US SAILING announced today. Based on last week’s results at French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyères, France, the fourth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup events, ISAF has updated the Sailing World Cup standings.

USSTAG's Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) remains number one in the Laser Radial class as a result of three gold medals and a sixth place at the past four ISAF Sailing World Cup events. "I'm very excited to be on top right now," said Tunnicliffe. "My goal for this year is to win the World Cup." Tunnicliffe's teammate Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) remains in third place in the standings, even though she did not compete in last week's French Olympic Sailing Week.

The Men’s 470 team of Stu McNay (Newton, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) remains number one in their class, thanks to four consecutive top-ten finishes at Sailing World Cup events.

While the following USSTAG members did not compete at French Olympic Sailing Week last week, they are still ranked among the top five in the ISAF Sailing World Cup standings in their respective classes, based on their top performances earlier this year at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR:

SKUD-18:
First place - Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (Westchester, Pa. and Boca Raton, Fla.)
Fourth place - Karen Mitchell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) and Bob Jones (Issaquah, Wash.)

Sonar:
Second place - Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla. and Newport, R.I.), Roger Cleworth (Lithia, Fla.) and Tom Brown (Castine, Me.)
Third place - Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.)
Fifth place - Jen French (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Michael Hersey (Hyannis, Mass.) and Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.)

Women’s Match Racing:
Fourth place - Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.), Jen Morgan Glass (Seattle, Wash.) and Jamie Haines (Jamestown, R.I.)
Fifth place - Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.), Jackie Schmitz (Washington, D.C.) and Emily Hill (Miami, Fla./New Haven, Conn.)

Sailors accrue points at each of the seven ISAF Sailing World Cup events to earn an overall Series Score. A first place win translates into 20 points, a second place earns 19 points and so on. (Twentieth place earns one point.) The skipper/crew with the highest Series Score at the end of the inaugural season wins the ISAF Sailing World Cup Trophy.

In December, 2008, Sail Melbourne launched the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit, followed by US SAILING’s 2009 Rolex Miami OCR in January, the Princess Sofia Trophy in early April in Palma, Spain, and then last week’s French Olympic Sailing Week. The upcoming events in the ISAF Sailing World Cup are:

27-31 May 2009 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, The Netherlands
20-28 June 2009 - Kieler Woche (Kiel Week), Kiel, Germany
14-19 Sept 2009 - Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain

Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, overall standings, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and US SAILING
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top three 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, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken and Team McLube. 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: ussailing.org. For more information about the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: sailingteams.ussailing.org.


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