The Medalist U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Sailing - Issue No. 7 Fall 2015

The Medalist newsletter is your source for updates on the US Olympic and Paralympic sailing program and the national team, the US Sailing Team Sperry. This is our path to the podium.


  • "Uncharted Waters" Launches to Acclaim 
  • USA medals in Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi
  • Youth Worlds Team Prepares for Langkawi
  • Olympic Development Program Gains Steam
  • Snapshots from the Campaign Trail
  • Olympic and Paralympic Trials Set to Begin
  • News From Dockside
  • New Team Store Arrivals

Have you ever taken a leap of faith? Left the safety of shore just for the chance - the hope - that one day you will look back and it will all be worth it?

Watch. Experience. Explore.

The Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Onne van der Wal.

One Year Out, Americans Make Strong Impressions In Rio

We’ve gotten our medal race swagger on, and I’m really excited. Everything seems to be clicking together. - Annie Haeger, Test Event gold medalist , Women's 470
Three-time 470 World Champion Dave Ullman has coached Haeger and Provancha to new heights in 2015.


From the campaign trail.

Rio Olympic Test Event, 2015. Images 1-7 by Onne van der Wal. Images 8-12 by Will Ricketson/US Sailing.
Stu McNay and Dave Hughes capped a career year in the 470 with a bronze medal at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photo: Onne van der Wal.

Men's 470 Team Continues Roll

This medal, added to our wins this year, has made 2015 truly successful. However, our real goal is to answer with our career-best year in 2016. - Dave Hughes

US Paralympic Trials Set To Begin

The first Rio 2016 Paralympic Games selection event will be the Para World Sailing Championships in Melbourne, Australia in late November. Get to know some of the contenders on "Uncharted Waters:"

Both US Sailing Team Sperry Paralympic Sonars training prior to the start of the Paralympic Trials. Foreground: Andrew Fisher, Tom Brown and Danny Evans. Background: Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund.

News From Dockside

The ODP is not just a new youth program, but a fundamental shift in how we develop high-performance sailing talent in the United States. With that in mind, we are very pleased with how the first year of such a large new project has unfolded. - Leandro Spina, Youth Development Director

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New arrivals at the team store

Support the team by getting your limited edition US Sailing Team Sperry bracelet today, made by new team partner Harrison+Pike.

Team Media Guide

PRESS CONTACT: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager -, (401) 683-0800

COMMERCIAL INQUIRIES: Martha Pitt, Commercial Manager -, (401) 683-0800


Photography in this issue of The Medalist was created by and is copyright © Will Ricketson/US Sailing Team Sperry, unless otherwise credited.

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