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Olympians and Olympic Hopefuls Scheduled to Speak at Yacht Clubs Across the U.S.

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Olympians and Olympic Hopefuls Scheduled to Speak at Yacht Clubs Across the United States

Portsmouth, R.I. (February 10, 2010) – The Olympic Sailing Program will launch a National Speaking Tour at several prestigious yacht clubs across the United States in 2010, US SAILING announced today. Members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) -- many of whom are Olympians/Paralympians and Olympic/Paralympic medalists – will provide an insider’s glimpse into their journeys to the 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games in London and what it takes to be an Olympic/Paralympic class athlete. The purpose of the speaking tour is to introduce passionate sailors to the Olympic Sailing Program and its elite athletes. Olympic Sailing Program Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), a former Olympic hopeful himself, will lead a discussion about the program, including its successes and goals for 2012.

“The athletes on the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics are among the most dedicated people in our sport and we are excited to bring their stories to passionate sailing communities across our country,” said Brenner. “Our goal is to ignite the Olympic dreams of a few young sailors while informing and inspiring team fans of all ages.”

The National Speaking Tour includes the following scheduled 2010 events:

Team TunnicliffeFriday, February 19 – Riverside Yacht Club, Riverside, Conn.
Presenters: US SAILING President Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.) joins Olympic Sailing Chairman Dean Brenner, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), 2009 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year finalist Molly Vandemoer and 2008 Olympian Deb Capozzi


Saturday, February 20 – Beverly Yacht Club, Marion, Mass.
Presenters: Brenner, Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi


Wednesday, February 24 – Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Harbor, Calif.
Presenters: Dean Brenner, 2008 Olympian Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Genny Tulloch (Tiburon, Calif.)

Thursday, March 18 -- Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, La.
Presenters: Brenner, 2006 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), 2008 Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and Alice Manard (Charleston, S.C.)

At Riverside, Newport Harbor and Southern Yacht Clubs, USSTAG members will also run chalk-talks and/or clinics for junior sailors who aspire to race Olympic class boats in the future.

Additional events will be scheduled throughout the year, including a stop at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Calif.

For more information about the Speaking Tour, please contact the Olympic Sailing Program’s Commercial Director Dan Cooney at dancooney@ussailing.org.

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and US SAILING
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, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Trinity Yachts. 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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[Photo by Walter Cooper/ US SAILING]