Team USA 1 paralympic sonar campaign for rio
USA 1 is Qualified for Rio
Only 16 berths are allocated for the Sonar class at the Paralympics. Countries must first qualify by finishing in the top of the fleet at specified World Championships in 2014 and 2015. As a top performing boat at the 2015 Para World Championship in Australia, Team USA 1 qualified the United States for a Paralympic berth. For each US team vying for the Paralympic berth, the sum of their final finishing positions at the 2015 Para World Championship and 2016 Sailing World Cup stop in Hyeres, France will determine which team is selected.
Team USA 1 finished both events ahead and was selected to go to Rio.
Support The Team
From January through August the team will hold six training camps and compete in five major regattas for a total of 94 days leading up to the Paralympic Games. Many of our foreign competitors are professional sailors with budgets two to four times ours. While we get some support as members of the US Sailing Team Sperry, the bulk of our budget is left to us to fund.
- Flights: $17,150
- Housing: $20,800
- Food: $12,690
Support Boat Preparation
We have two boats that travel around with us - one that goes abroad for events and the other stays on the US Atlantic coast for training and domestic events. All that time on the water takes a toll on our sails, lines, and deck hardware. There is nothing worse than arriving at a major regatta only to have something break the first day, so we keep our kits stocked with spares of everything and do daily inspections of all essential equipment.
- Transportation: $4,215
- Sail Budget: $4,120
- Boat Optimization: $10,000
- Spare Parts: $5,000
Every top team has a great coach. Mike Ingham has decades of experience winning in everything from the Olympic Tornado to the stalwart J24. As a team under his guidance we sail more consistently at a high level than ever before.
- Coaching fees: $25,480
- Coachboat charter/fuel: $7740
- Flights: $6,400