The US Sailing Team annually distinguishes the top five ranked sailors in each of the nine classes (eleven events) selected for the next Olympic Games. A complete overview of qualifying events for the 2006 US Sailing Team is available on the US SAILING website.
The 2008 Olympic Games are scheduled for 8-24 August in Beijing, China. The Olympic Sailing Competition will be held in Qingdao, a coastal city located 430 miles east of Beijing.
The 2006 US Sailing Team will be named in the spring of 2006 when all qualifying events have been completed. The ranking system for the 2006 US Disabled Sailing Team will be announced later this month.
The US Sailing Team is coached by High Performance Director Gary BODIE and Olympic Coaches Luther CARPENTER and Skip WHYTE. Sponsors of the 2005 US Sailing Team are Extrasport, Gill, Harken, Nautica, New England Ropes, Rolex Watch U.S.A., Sperry Top-Sider, Team McLube, Vanguard Sailboats, Vineyard Vines, and Zodiac of North America.