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Portsmouth, R.I. (June 2, 2010) -- US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee organized open training camps these past two weekends at Annapolis Yacht Club and St. Francis Yacht Club for members of the US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), US Youth World Team (YWT) and other youth sailors with Olympic aspirations in the Laser, Laser Radial, 29er and Techno 293 classes. During the intensive training camps, sailors participated in on-the-water drills and racing, as well as chalk talks and seminars about rules and technique.

Windsurfer USSDT BicOlympic and elite level coaches taught young athletes about the tools they need to take their sailing to a new, elite level and achieve top, international results. I420 sailors will train this weekend at Miami Yacht Club.

“This is the first time we coached all disciplines at our training camps: singlehanded, doublehanded, skiff, multihull and windsurf,” said Olympic Coach Leandro Spina. These training camps serve as valuable springboard for the top youth sailors who are gearing up for a busy sailing season in North America and Europe this summer, where they will compete against tough international competition.

“From the coaching perspective, we have been focusing on getting our Youth World Team in the right mind set for Istanbul,” said Spina. The 2010 Youth World Team consists of 11 youth sailors who will represent the United States at the 40th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, from July 8-17, 2010. More information about the team: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Teams/YWT.htm

The US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) is a youth pipeline team supported by US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC). The USSDT was created to help young athletes, who have been identified as future Olympic prospects, acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level. More about the team: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Teams/2010USSDT.htm

A key component of the USSDT’s success is training together and sharing knowledge at important clinics throughout the year, in order to build the skills necessary to compete against the world’s best Olympic class sailors. The Olympic Sailing Committee has designed some of these training camps to include non-team members in order to further build the talent of young sailors in the U.S.

The full schedule of USSDT training camps can be found at: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/Training.htm