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Olympic Sailing Program Hosts Development Training Camps

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Contact: Marni Lane, 617.671.8332, MarniLane@USSAILING.org 

Olympic Sailing Program Hosts Development Training Camps to Prepare Young Athletes for Olympic Campaigns

Portsmouth, R.I. (January 5, 2010) – US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Program will host five training camps in 2010 for young sailors who are on an Olympic track or are interested in launching an Olympic campaign in the future. These sailors will have the opportunity to train with the 2010 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), which will be announced next week, and be coached by Olympic Sailing Program and high-level coaches.

In addition to on-the-water drills and racing, athletes will participate in off-the-water seminars about fitness, nutrition and technique. Guest speakers, including US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members and past Olympians, will share knowledge and insight about how to run successful Olympic campaigns. The goal of the clinics is to provide young athletes with the tools they need to take their sailing to a new, elite level and achieve top, international results.

The five scheduled training camps in 2010 are:

  • February 13-15, Miami Yacht Club, Miami Beach, Fla.,
  • May 29-31, Annapolis, Md.
  • October 9-11, Miami, Fla.
  • November 26-28, Miami, Fla.
  • December 18-21, Miami, Fla.

There will be limited space for each training camp, due to safety issues. Sailors who are not current members of the 2010 USSDT will be charged $300 per boat for each training camp. USSDT members, who are required to attend the clinics, will not pay this fee. Sailors must bring their own boats to the clinics.

Sailors interested in attending the first clinic must email their 2010 training and regatta plans to organizers at development@ussailing.org before Sunday, January 24.

For more details and information about the USSDT, including its mission, benefits, training/competition schedule and selection guidelines, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Sailing_Teams_Home/Teams/US_Sailing_Development_Team/2010_USSDT_Selection_Guidelines.htm

About the US Sailing Development Team
The US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Selected annually, the USSDT is supported and administered exclusively by the US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING. The OSC’s mission is to develop sailors for Olympic-caliber competition and to prepare them for qualification to the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and the Olympic Sailing Team. The OSC supports these athletes with coaching and by facilitating training and racing with and against the best national and international competition. 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 Sailing Development Team, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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