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TEAM USA GEARING UP TO GRAB MEDALS AT SAIL FOR GOLD


Portsmouth, R.I., (September 11, 2009) -- Team USA is gearing up to grab medals at next week’s Sail for Gold, the seventh and final stop of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 series. Held at the venue of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth/Portland, England, this world-class event attracts top international sailors. Organizers of Sail for Gold expect more than 500 boats to compete in all 10 Olympic Classes – including the new women’s match racing class – plus the three Paralympic Classes selected for the 2012 Games. Racing is scheduled to start on Monday, September 14, with Medal Racing on Saturday, September 19.

Thirty-six Americans, including 27 members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and three members of the US Sailing Team – Under 23, are ready to race, after competing in a USSTAG training camp to test out their boat skills and the venue’s conditions prior to next week’s regatta. Three 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Medalists will compete against their top international rivals, including Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantations, Fla.), Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and Paralympic Gold medalist Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.).

Three USSTAG sailors/teams are currently leading the ISAF SWC standings in their respective classes: Tunnicliffe in the Laser Radial, Stu McNay (Lincoln, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) in the Men’s 470 and Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (Westchester, Pa./Boca Raton, Fla.) in the SKUD-18. Four additional USSTAG teams are ranked in the top 10, and this is their last chance to move up or solidify their position for this year’s series.

Keep your eye on the new Women’s Match Racing event, which makes its Olympic debut in 2012. 2008 US SAILING's Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe is testing the waters in the new Elliott 6m with crew Molly Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.) and Alice Manard (Charleston, S.C.). Skipper Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.) and her crew, Olympic sailors Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) and Deb Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.), will also team up in the Elliott 6m, after training together last week with Coach Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.) at the US Sailing Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Tulloch is ranked second in the SWC standings.

Another new USSTAG team to watch is Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif./Washington, D.C.) and Brad Nichol (Miami, Fla.) in the competitive Star class. Campbell competed in the Laser at the 2008 Olympic Games, and has now made the jump to the doublehanded Star with veteran Nichol. Campbell finished an impressive fifth at the 2009 Star World Championship with 2000 Olympic gold medalist Magnus Liljedahl.

Paralympic Gold Medalist Maureen McKinnon-Tucker will team up with Sonar Skipper and Paralympian Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.) and fellow crew Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.) at Sail for Gold, their first international event together. They are currently ranked third in the SWC standings in the Sonar class.

Also competing at Sail for Gold are three up-and-comers and members of the US Sailing Team – Under 23, the Olympic Sailing Program’s development team: Sarah Lihan (Ft Lauderdale, Fla.) in the Laser Radial and Rob Crane (Darien, Conn.) and Cam Cullman (Rye, NY) in the Laser.

Joining the team in Weymouth are Olympic Sailing Program Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), Olympic Director Katie Kelly (Barrington, R.I.), High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.), Commercial Director Dan Cooney (Marion, Mass.), Communications Director Marni Lane (Norwalk, Conn.), Coaches Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), Mitch Brindley (Smithfield, Va.), Luther Carpenter (Laporte, Texas), Marko Dahlberg (Ylojarvi, Finland), Jonathan Farrar (New York, N.Y.) Mark Ivey (Tiburon, Calif.), Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.) and Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.), PET Scott Weiss (New York, NY), Team Meteorologist Doug Charko (Auckland, N.Z.) and OSC Members Bob Billingham (Grass Valley, Calif.) and Josh Adams (Essex, Mass.).

For USSTAG member bios, photos and news, please visit the team web site: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/

Event web site: http://www.sailracer.co.uk/events/event-v2.asp?eventid=18401

American teams competing:

Stu McNay/Graham Biehl (both USSTAG) - Men's 470
Adam Roberts/Nick Martin (both USSTAG) - Men's 470
Molly Carapiet (USSTAG)/Briana Provancha - Women's 470
Sara Fox and Lauren Sinclair - Women’s 470
Erik Storck/Trevor Moore (both USSTAG) - 49er
Zach Railey (USSTAG) - Finn
Bryan Boyd (USSTAG) - Finn
Brad Funk (USSTAG) - Laser
Clay Johnson (USSTAG) - Laser
Rob Crane (Under 23 Team) - Laser
Cameron Cullman (Under 23 Team) - Laser
Sarah Lihan (Under 23 Team) - Laser Radial
Ben Barger (USSTAG) - Men's RS:X
Farrah Hall (USSTAG) - Women's RS:X
Andrew Campbell/Brad Nichol (both USSTAG) - Star
Andrew MacDonald and Brian Fatih - Star
Anna Tunnicliffe/Molly Vandemoer/Alice Manard (all USSTAG) - Elliott 6m
Genny Tulloch (USSTAG)/Debbie Capozzi (USSTAG)/Sally Barkow - Elliott 6m
Rick Doerr/Maureen McKinnon-Tucker/Hugh Freund (all USSTAG) - Sonar
Scott Whitman/Julia Dorsett (both USSTAG) - SKUD-18
Mark LeBlanc (USSTAG) - 2.4mR