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14 September 2005, 05:03 pm
Ranking System Determined For 2006 US Sailing Team
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US SAILING has determined the ranking system for the 2006 US Sailing Team. Each, year, US SAILING names the members of the US Sailing Team based on athletes' performances at a series of qualifying regattas.
The 2006 ranking system names at least two qualifying events for each Olympic class, except for the new Neil Pryde RS:X which has one qualifying event. US SAILING's 2006 ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR is a mandatory event for all classes. The ranking system for the 2006 US Sailing Team also determines the athletes who will be selected to compete in the 2006 ISAF World Sailing Games, which will be held from 10-20 May in Austria, and the 2006 Olympic Test event, scheduled for 18-31 August in China.

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.

Marlieke de Lange Eaton (As Amended By ISAF)
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