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The Year in Review – Highlights for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, 401-683-0800, danapaxton@ussailing.org

Portsmouth, R.I. (December 29, 2010) – While the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics continues to focus on the 2012, this past year was full of highlights for the athletes, coaches and support staff. The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is grateful for every fan, supporter, sponsor, family member and partner, and is looking forward to a successful 2011 as we sail fast toward the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Enjoy our Top 12 moments of the year, presented in no particular order.

Highlight #1 - The first-ever US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards Banquet was held January 22 in Miami, Florida, prior to US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR. The Olympic Sailing Program presented seven awards to the 2009 team members who achieved excellence in the following categories in 2009: Best Individual Performance (Anna Tunnicliffe), Best Team Performance (Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett), Best Performance by a Newcomer (Andrew Campbell), Best Teammate (Stuart McNay), Most Improved Fitness (tie Paige Railey and Clay Johnson) and Commercial Award (Graham Biehl).

USS_4702 copyHighlight # 2 USA racked up 10 medals – gold to Amanda Clark and Sarah Chin (Women’s 470), Paige Railey (Laser Radial), Team Tunnicliffe: Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi (Women’s Match Racing) and Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett (SKUD-18); silver to Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou (SKUD-18) and Andy Horton and James Lyne (Star); bronze to Mark Mendelblatt and John Von Schwarz (Star), John Ruf (2.4mR), Rick Doerr, Brad Kendall and Hugh Freund (Sonar) and Kyle Rogachenko (Laser) – the most medals of any country at US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR

Highlight # 3 St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, Calif.) becomes the first yacht club of the Olympic Sailing Program for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a generous $75,000 pledge; while LaserPerformance, Trinity Yachts and Harken McLube become Silver Partners; and New England Ropes becomes a Bronze Partner of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics.

Highlight #4 Fourteen Paralympic class sailors and six staff members spent three-and-a-half days at the second-ever Paralympic Training Camp at Lakeshore Foundation, an official Olympic/Paralympic Training Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Highlight #5 The Selection Procedures for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced: For the first time in history, Team USA will be selected based on combined performances at two events in 2011.

Highlight #6 Four more medals added to the tally at Kiel Week in June: Gold to Paige Railey (Laser Radial); silver to USSDT’s Clay Johnson (Laser); and bronze to both Mark Mendelblatt/ and Magnus Lilljedahl (Star) and Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Deb Capozzi (Women’s Match Racing). Paige Railey

Highlight #7 The US Sailing Development team won seven medals over the summer. For the first time in 18 years, US SAILING’s Youth World Team won three medals at the 40th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. Bronze medals went to: Erika Reineke (Laser Radial); Antoine Screve and James Moody (29er); and Taylor Palmer and Mac Agnese (Sirena SL16). ). Reineke went on to win the Laser Radial Youth Worlds 10 days later. Morgan Kiss and Katia DaSilva won a silver medal at the International 420 World Championship, in Israel. Luke Lawrence won gold at the Finn Silver Cup, in San Francisco; and Mitchell Kiss took bronze at the Laser Radial Worlds (men’s) in Lags, Scotland.

Erika ReinekeHighlight #8 The Sailing Foundation of New York raised an impressive $150,000 for the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program in August at the Golden Spinnaker Regatta and Gala. A highlight of the evening was a winning bid from AlphaGraphics on a VIP hospitality package for nine guests at the Olympic Selection Event, Sail for Gold in June.

10_033271_IFDSWORLDSHighlight #9 Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett (SKUD-18) scored a silver medal at the 2010 IFDS World Championship, held in Medemblik, NED and qualified the United States in the SKUD-18 class for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Highlight #10 Two bronze medals scored at Skandia Sail for Gold: Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar’s (Women’s 470) and Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi (Women’s Match Racing).

Team TunnicliffeHighlight #11 The World Cup season ended with ISAF awarding Sailing World Cup medals for the top three teams in each class, based on accumulated points from the seven World Cup events in 2009-2010. USSTAG teams won three medals overall: silver to Team Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi (Women’s Match Racing), silver to Andy Horton and James Lyne (Star), and bronze to Paige Railey (Laser Radial).

Highlight #12 Almost 4,000 raving fans followed US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics in 2010 via  Facebook and Twitter. Our fan base continues to grow thanks to innovative “Meet the Team” videos posted to our YouTube channel and exclusive news, photos and content on our website.

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, 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.

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