The Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING, national governing body for the sport, has announced the 2001 US Disabled Sailing Team.
Created in 1998 to develop and prepare the Team attending the Paralympic Games, the US Disabled Sailing Team annually recognizes the top-three competitors in the two classes selected for the Paralympic Games - Sonar and 2.4 Metre. The 2004 Paralympic Regatta is scheduled for late August, in Athens, Greece, shortly after the 2004 Olympic Games, and will utilize the same competition venue. The US Disabled Sailing Team is sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. Suppliers to the Team are Extrasport, Gill North America, McLube and Sperry Top-Sider. The following members of the 2001 US Disabled Sailing Team are listed in ranking order one through three.
Named by the Sonar class (skipper and two crew): 1998 World Disabled Sailing Gold Medallist John Ross-Duggan (Newport Beach, Calif.), with J.P. Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Larry Kutno (Seffner, Fla.); 2001 2.4 Metre North American and Northeastern Champion Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.) with Tim Angle and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (both Marblehead, Mass.); and David Trude (Oxnard, Calif.) with Waldo Esparza (Seffner, Fla.) and Mark Evju (Santa Rosa, Calif.).
Named by the 2.4 Metre class: 2001 IFDS 2.4 Metre World Silver Medallist and 2000 Paralympic 2.4 Metre Bronze Medallist Tom Brown (Northeast Harbor, Maine); John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.); and 2001 2.4 Metre North American and Northeastern Champion Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.). Notable is that Doerr has been named to the 2001 team in both the Sonar and 2.4 Metre classes.
Additional information on the US Disabled Sailing Team is available at: www.ussailing.org/Olympics/Paralympic/.