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Preview to Delta Lloyd Regatta

Medemblik, The Netherlands (May 18, 2011) – In the lead up to the first of two Selection Events that will be used to select the U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing, a small group of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) athletes are headed to Medemblik, The Netherlands for the fifth stop on ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Cup circuit. Scheduled for May 24-29 across 10 Olympic and two Paralympic classes, the Delta Lloyd Regatta expects to host over 1,000 sailors from more than 50 countries. Exclusive photos, video interviews and reports from the racecourse will be posted on USSTAG’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

“We came home from French Olympic Sailing Week with four medals and the knowledge that our training is paying off,” said USSTAG’s High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.). “Delta Lloyd is the last event before Sail for Gold, which will double as the first part of our Olympic Team selection. A core group of our athletes will take advantage of some additional competition in Medemblik before heading to Weymouth. We will be represented in five Olympic classes: 49er, Finn, Laser, Men’s RS:X, Women’s RS:X and Women’s Match Racing.”

Racing starts Tuesday, May 24 in all Olympic classes and concludes with the medal race on Sunday, May 29. Women’s Match Racing consist of an opening series, a knockout series, and a sail-off for boats not advancing to the knockout series, with the final matches scheduled on Sunday, May 29.

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 season wins the ISAF Sailing World Cup Trophy.

For a full list of USSTAG athletes competing at the 2011 Delta Lloyd Regatta, please visit:
http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011/DL2011.htm

Trials Tracker
Follow the progress of U.S. athletes as they campaign for the U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing. Currently campaigning in the midst of the European season, athletes in nine of 10 Olympic classes qualify for a berth at two Selection events based on combined results at ISAF World Cup events. http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Games/Olympics/Track.htm

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics 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, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training.

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 Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Press Officer, +1 401-683-0800, x615, danapaxton@ussailing.org