The Medalist U.S. Olympic Sailing News - December 2016

Pictured: I420 Youth Worlds gold medalists Wiley Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.).

The Medalist newsletter is your source for updates on the US Olympic Sailing Program, the US Sailing Team Sperry and the Olympic Development Program (ODP). This is our path to the podium.

Contents:

  • USA Takes Three Medals At 2016 Youth Sailing Worlds
  • Ten US Sailing Team Athletes Shortlisted for Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year
  • A Change In Leadership for the US Olympic Sailing Program
  • Olympic Development Program Plans Ambitious 2017 Schedule
  • Sailing World Cup Miami On The Horizon

Gold, Silver and Bronze at the Youth Worlds

“We wanted to keep the gold medal in our country, and hold up that legacy.” - Wiley Rogers, I420

US Sailing’s 13-member 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship Team (YWT) secured three medals at the world’s premier youth regatta, including gold in the boy’s 420, silver in the Nacra 15 open multihull, and bronze in the boy’s Laser Radial. The team’s performance in Auckland is the first three-medal performance for the United States since 2011, when Americans claimed a trio of silver medals in Zadar, Croatia. 380 sailors from 65 nations competed in nine classes at the 2016 regatta, the 46th edition of the event.

“Our performance here was due to a combination of a lot of factors,” said Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.), US Sailing’s Olympic Development Director and Team Leader for the event. “This happened because a whole community came together to support our athletes. The Olympic Development Program (ODP) supports everyone who works hard to improve, and the goal is to build a foundation for the future. At the very end of this event we followed the advice of Malcolm Page, our new U.S. Olympic sailing chief, and approached the last races like we did the first.”

Pictured: Bronze Medalist Caleb Paine joins Team USA athletes at the White House.

10 National Team Sailors Nominated For Nation's Top Award

Sailing’s top performers of the year are being heralded by US Sailing with the announcement of the eight men and six women who have been shortlisted for the 2016 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. The US Sailing Team is well represented.

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award:

Star World Champion Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.); Paralympic Silver Medalists Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine); Rolex Farr 40, Maxi 72 and TP52 World Champion Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.); Melges 20 and J/70 World Champion John Kostecki (San Anselmo, Calif.); Melges 24 World Champions and 470 North American Champions Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.); J/22 World Champion Mike Marshall (Jamestown, R.I.); 505 World Champion Mike Martin (Mill Valley, Calif.); Olympic Bronze Medalist Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.).

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award:

Etchells Biscayne Bay Series – Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta Champion Shannon Bush (Refugio, Texas); 470 South American Championship Silver Medalists Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.); IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, Calif.); Laser Radial World Championship Silver Medalist Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), Melges 32 World Champion and College Sailing’s Women’s Singlehanded National Champion Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Melges 20 Winter Series Champion and Women’s International Match Racing Series Finals runner-up Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.).

The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each sailor’s racing results before voting to determine US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.

Olympic Champion Malcolm Page Selected To Lead US Sailing Team

US Sailing announced the selection of two-time Olympic Champion and seven-time World Champion Malcolm Page (Sydney, Australia) as the Chief of Olympic Sailing, succeeding Josh Adams (Litchfield, Conn.) as head of the national team and overall U.S. Olympic sailing effort.

“Malcolm’s experience and expertise make him an ideal choice to lead our team, and build on the progress that was made during the Rio 2016 quadrennium,” said Bruce Burton, President of US Sailing. “Malcolm has demonstrated an ability to win at the highest level, has been part of a winning system and can bring athletes and coaches together. Our team is on the rise, and with his leadership we will continue that ascent by building scale within our program, both in terms of numbers and in abilities.”

Page is widely considered the most successful Olympic-class sailor in Australian history. He was honored with a place on the Australian Institute of Sport’s “Best of the Best” list in 2011, and in October 2016 was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

“I’m very excited to get back into the performance side of the sport, which is where I cut my teeth, and where my passion has always been,” said Page. “I am looking forward to working with an ambitious group of American athletes and helping them realize their dreams. The US Sailing Team has an extraordinary history in Olympic sailing, with more medals won than any other nation. I know I can play a part in getting the United States back to the top.”

Ambitious 2017 Schedule For Olympic Development Program (ODP)

US Sailing has released the 2017 schedule for the Olympic Development program (ODP). The schedule outlines 49 training camps and regattas that will play a central role in the ongoing effort to boost American high-performance sailing at the youth level. Soon to enter its third year of operation, the ODP will be active at more events in 2017, and expand the scope of the program to include more classes.

“We are very excited to release this schedule, which will help sailors and their families plan for next year,” said Leandro Spina, US Sailing’s Olympic Development Director. “Our 2017 schedule really underlines the ambitious scope of the program. The list of recommended regattas are already key events for many young athletes, and we look forward to continuing to work with existing classes and institutions to build a stronger youth racing environment in the U.S. Our ODP training camps and travel teams will feature some of the finest coaches in the world, and we’re excited to continue our mission of pairing the hardest-working young sailors with some of the top experts, techniques and technologies available.”

Next Up: Sailing World Cup Miami

US Sailing’s premier event – the 28th running of Sailing World Cup Miami – will return to Miami, Fla. for top-level Olympic and Paralympic class racing. As the only North American regatta to be included in World Sailing’s World Cup series, the regatta is a mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors campaigning for the next Olympic Games.

2017 will see an exciting new addition: A spectator venue at Coconut Grove's Regatta Park.

Competitors in the 49er, 49er FX, RS:X, and Nacra events will have five days of fleet racing from Tuesday, January 24 to Friday, January 27 with medal races on Saturday, January 28. Athletes competing in the Laser, Radial, Finn, 470, and 2.4mR will have six days of fleet racing from Tuesday, January 24 to Saturday, January 28, with medal races for all classes but 2.4mR on Sunday, January 29 (2.4mRs will not have a medal race). Medals will be awarded to the top three boats in each class.

Regatta Headquarters will be located at the City of Miami’s Regatta Park, in Coconut Grove, Miami, Fla. Additional hosts for the event include the US Sailing Center Miami (a U.S. Olympic Training Site), Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Shake-A-Leg Miami. These sailing organizations host classes onshore, as well as help run the on-the-water racing. The Coral Reef Yacht Club hosts the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

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