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USSTAG Heads to Worlds

First of Two U.S. Olympic Team Selection Events

Portsmouth, R.I. (January 10, 2012) – US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is in Florida competing at the International Federation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championships, which begins today in Punta Gorda, Fla. and concludes Sunday, Jan. 15. The regatta, which serves as the first of two U.S. selection events for the U.S. Paralympic Team – Sailing, will see over 100 of the world’s top Paralympic sailors from 20 countries competing. The second, and final, selection event is US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Jan. 23-28, in Miami, Fla. The eligible teams with the best overall combined result will be selected to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Photos, reports and videos will be posted to the US Paralympic website, with special updates posted to the USSTAG Facebook page.

“All of the training and preparation done by US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes over the past three and a half years will be evident this month,” said Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.) “With two events, back-to-back in Florida, the athletes that can perform best will rise to the top and secure the Team berth. The Olympic Sailing Committee structured the U.S. Paralympic Team selection process to align with our primary mission of fielding a team that gives the U.S. the best possible chances of success at the Games. At the conclusion of Rolex Miami OCR we will know who those six athletes are who will represent us at the 2012 Games.”

US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members competing in the IFDS World Championships: 

2.4mR (Single-Person Keelboat):
Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.)
John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.)
Charles Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.)

SKUD-18 (Two-Person Keelboat):
Jen French (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and JP Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (Westchester, Penn./

Sonar (Three-Person Keelboat):
Paul Callahan (Cape Coral, Fla./Newport, R.I.) Brad Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Tom Brown (Castine, Me.)
Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Me.)
Bert Foster (Wayzata, Minn.) and David Burdette (Lutherville, Md.), who will sail with crew Jim Thweatt (West Sacramento, Calif.)
Michael Hersey (Hyannis, Mass.) will sail with Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.) and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.)

Joining the team will be Paralympic coach Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), coaches Jonathan Farrar (New York, N.Y.) and Marko Dahlberg (FIN), and Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer Sue Crafer (AUS).

US Sailing will send a maximum of one boat per event to the 2012 Paralympic Games for a maximum team size of six. Upon approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the qualifying athletes will be named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team – Sailing and will compete in the Paralympic Regatta. The Paralympic Regatta will be held August 29-September 9, 2012, in the towns of Weymouth and Portland, which are located on the southern coast of England, approximately 120 miles southwest of London. To read the press release announcing the selection procedures, please click here.

About 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 and Paralympic 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, danapaxton@ussailing.org, mobile: +1 401-369-0490