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US SAILING Invites Young Olympic Hopefuls to Training Camp in Annapolis

Portsmouth, R.I. (April 28, 2010) – US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee will organize and run an open training camp in Annapolis, Md., for US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) members and youth sailors with Olympic aspirations in the Laser, Laser Radial, I420 and Techno classes. The three-day, intensive training camp will include on-the-water drills and racing, as well as chalk talks and seminars about rules and technique. Olympic and elite level coaches will teach young athletes about the tools they need to take their sailing to a new, elite level and achieve top, international results. Hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club, the camp runs from May 29-31.  

Sailors interested in attending the Annapolis training clinics should email clinic organizers at development@ussailing.org with their plans for competing and training in 2010. For non-USSDT members, there will be a $300 charge per boat per training camp. The deadline is May 3, 2010.

The US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) is a new, 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. 

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 Annapolis training camp will be a valuable springboard for the top youth sailors who are gearing up for a busy sailing season in Europe this summer, where they will compete against tough international competition.

For the detailed camp schedule, please visit the USSTAG Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=339245572228

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

To learn more about the US Sailing Development Team, as well as a list of the 2010 members, their hometowns, yacht club affiliations and schools, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Teams/2010USSDT.htm