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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics’ Whitman and Dorsett Take Silver at IFDS World Championship

Portsmouth, R.I. (October 19, 2009) – It was a week of tight racing and high stakes international competition for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) sailors at the 2009 International Foundation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championship in Athens, Greece. In a close contest between Great Britain and the United States in the four-boat SKUD-18 fleet, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup Champions Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (West Chester, Pa.) finished the series on the podium with a silver medal Sunday. Racing was held from October 14 to October 18 in the three classes selected for the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth, England: the one-person 2.4 mR, the two-person SKUD-18 and the three-person Sonar.

Only a single point separated the British and U.S. teams going into the final day of racing with two races to be sailed. In the first race of the day, shifty winds caused the two teams to shift in positions several times, with Great Britain’s Alexsandra Rickham and Niki Birrell eking out a win. In the second race, the British duo led the fleet from the start and sealed their gold medal win.

Whitman and Dorsett have dominated the SKUD-18 fleet this year: At US SAILING’s 2009 Rolex Miami OCR, they won all 11 races, which was the first in the history of the event. And just last month, they won another gold medal at another ISAF Sailing World Cup event, Sail for Gold, in Weymouth, England, the venue of the 2012 Paralympic Regatta. The duo also won the ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings for the SKUD-18 class, which was awarded in Weymouth after the last event of the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup series. They were also the alternates in the SKUD-18 class for the 2008 Paralympic Games.

The Sonar fleet also saw tight racing this week, as they frequently experienced multiple overlaps and crowded mark roundings. Halfway through the event, Coach Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.) reported: “Consistent performance on the course is keeping the fleet condensed in scoring and the regatta is still anyone's prize to take.” The top four were only separated by four points, and USSTAG’s Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.) finished fifth.

For detailed daily racing reports from Coach Betsy Alison, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/News/IFDS_World_Championship_in_Greece.htm

For complete results, video and photos, please visit the event website at http://www.disabledworlds09.gr/.

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
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 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, and New England Ropes. 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 Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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