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Preview to Princess Sofia Trophy

Palma de Mallorca, Spain (March 29, 2011) -- The European season gets into full swing this week for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the Princess Sofia Trophy, the third stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 series. From April 4-9, over 600 teams from 59 countries will compete in 10 Olympic and one Paralympic sailing class (2.4mR). The regatta is an important qualifying event for the first of two selection events that will be used to select the 2012 Olympic Sailing Team. Photos, video interviews and reports from the racecourse will be posted on USSTAG’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

“After a long winter of specialized training and competition, including US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR in January, our top Olympic-class athletes are ready to go here in Palma,” said USSTAG’s High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.), adding that the U.S. 2.4mR athletes will not compete in Palma and that competition in the Sonar and SKUD18 classes was cancelled. “Our long term goal remains medals at the 2012 Olympic Games, and the European World Cup events get us one step closer to that goal. We are all looking forward to racing next week against the world’s best in each Olympic class.”

Racing starts Monday, April 4 and concludes with the medal race on Saturday, April 9 in nine of the 10 Olympic Classes. Women’s Match Racing consist of an opening series, a knockout series, and a
sail-off for boats not advancing to the knockout series, with the final matches scheduled on Saturday, April 9.
For a full list of USSTAG athletes competing at the Princess Sofia Trophy, please visit http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/World_Cup/Princess.htm

Sailors accrue points at each of the seven ISAF Sailing World Cup events to earn an overall Series Score. A first place win translates into 20 points, a second place earns 19 points and so on. (Twentieth place earns one point.) The skipper/crew with the highest Series Score at the end of the season wins the ISAF Sailing World Cup Trophy.

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. 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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