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US SAILING Announces 2011 Pre-Olympic Regatta Team

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Portsmouth, R.I. (July 20, 2011) – US SAILING, the national governing body for the sport, and the Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) are proud to announce the 16 athletes selected to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the London 2012 Olympic Test Event. Held Aug. 2-13 at the Portland National Sailing Academy, in Weymouth, U.K., the venue for the 2012 Olympic Games, the regatta is designed to replicate the Games atmosphere and will host 460 sailors representing 66 nations. Exclusive photos, video interviews and reports from the racecourse will be posted on USSTAG’s website, Facebook and Twitter channels.

Athletes representing the USA in the nine fleet racing Olympic classes were selected as the top-performing American athletes competing in June’s Sail for Gold regatta, the sixth event on the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Cup circuit. The Women’s Match Racing team was selected at the 2011 WMR Qualifying Regatta #2, held May 11-15, in Sheboygan, Wis. Fifteen of the athletes are members of USSTAG.
The members of the U.S. Team for the London 2012 Olympic Test Event: 

49er (Men’s Two Person Dinghy High Performance):
Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (North Pomfret, Vt./Naples, Fla.)

Men’s 470 (Men’s Two Person Dinghy):
Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.) and Graham Biehl (San Diego, Calif.)

Women’s 470 (Women's Two Person Dinghy):
Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York/Fishers Island, N.Y.)

Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy):
Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)

Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy):
Brad Funk (Plantation, Fla.)

Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy):
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)

Men’s RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer):
Robert Willis (Chicago, Ill.)

Women’s RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer):
Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)

Star (Men’s Keelboat):
Mark Mendelblatt (Miami, Fla.) and Brian Fatih (Miami, Fla.)

Elliott 6m (Women’s Keelboat Match Racing):
Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami Beach, Fla.)

“This is our team’s last major test in Weymouth before the Olympic Games, and it’s the ultimate dress rehearsal for 2012,” said Olympic Sailing Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.) “It’s an honor for the athletes who have earned the right to compete in this event, and we’re looking forward to seeing what Team USA can do.”

Joining the team in Weymouth will be Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman and Team Manager Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.); Olympic Director and Team Leader Katie Kelly (Barrington, R.I.); High Performance Director/Head Coach and Finn coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.); Communications Director Dana Paxton (Newport, R.I.); Olympic Program Manager Dave Johnson (Pawtucket, R.I.); Olympic Coach Luther Carpenter (La Porte, Texas), Laser Radial; Olympic Coach Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.), Star; coaches Mike Kalin (San Francisco, Calif.), Laser; Romain Bonnaud (France), Men’s 470; Zack Leonard (East Haven, Conn.) Women’s 470; David Hughes (San Diego, Calif.), 49er; and Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.), Women’s Match Racing. The Performance Enhancement Team includes: Team Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainers, Chris Herrera (Miami, Fla.) and Dr. Shawn E. Hunt (Miami, Fla.); Team Chef Leah Holsten-Danielson (La Cruz De Huanacaxtle, Mexico/Salem, Ore.); Sports Psychologist Dr. Wendy Borlabi (Chula Vista, Calif.); Boatwritght Donnie Brennan (Mobile, Ala.); and Meteorologist Doug Charko (NZL).

About 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, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training.

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 and Paralympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

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