Location For U.S. Olympic And Paralympic Team Trials Announced
US SAILING has announced that the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Team Trials for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in October 2007 in two parts of the country: Southern California and Rhode Island.
The decision on the location was made after several months of carefully evaluating all the aspects that needed to be taken into consideration. 'We wanted to make sure we could offer all of the athletes an opportunity to compete in great sailing conditions and there are several of those around the country,'
said Dean BRENNER, Chairman of US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee. 'In the end, we needed to go with what we felt was best for the sailors. We are confident that this decision will help us produce the strongest U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. These organizations will be great partners and we are looking forward to a great event.'
The classes and host yacht clubs will be divided as follows between the eleven Olympic events -
Southern California sailing organizations will host:
- Men's Keelboat - Star (California Yacht Club)
- Men's Windsurfer - RS:X (Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and US Sailing Centre of Long Beach)
- Women's Windsurfer - RS:X (Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and US Sailing Centre of Long Beach)
- Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 (Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and US Sailing Centre of Long Beach)
- Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470 (Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and US Sailing Centre of Long Beach)
- Heavyweight Dinghy - Finn (Newport Harbor Yacht Club)
- Multihull - Tornado (San Diego and Southwestern Yacht Clubs)
- Skiff - 49er (San Diego and Southwestern Yacht Clubs)
The Rhode Island Sailing Foundation (comprised of New York Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport) will host:
- Women's Keelboat - Yngling
- Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
- Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
The trials for the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team will all take place at the Rhode Island Sailing Foundation:
- Three-Person Keelboat - Sonar
- Single-Person Keelboat - 2.4 Metre
- Two-Person Keelboat
Over the next few months, US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee will work with the host organizations to finalize all aspects of the events, including exact dates and race formats.