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17 April 2002, 01:55 pm
AmericaOne and Gill North America Support US Sailing Team
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Yesterday, the Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING, national governing body for the sport, announced that it has received a substantial grant in support of its programs from AmericaOne.
AmericaOne is an America's Cup 2000 Challenger representing the St. Francis Yacht Club, (San Francisco, California). Since it began operations in 1996, AmericaOne has been dedicated to applying American sailing talent in conjunction with American technology in computers, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, sail design, naval architecture and structural engineering to America's Cup boat design in its quest to capture sailing's most coveted trophy. Now a public charity, AmericaOne was a finalist in the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series for the America's Cup 2000.

"Many sailors make the transition from Olympic-level sailing to competing in the America's Cup," said Bob Billingham, Chief Operating Officer of AmericaOne. "Our grant recognizes the significance of making an investment in the future."

Discussions with AmericaOne began late last year, allowing the OSC to incorporate the grant into budget and program planning for 2002 and 2003. Specifically, the funds will support: athletes attending the 2002 Athens Regatta and the 2002 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Championships; grants in the Europe and Laser classes; and top-finishing U.S. athletes at each of the nine Olympic class world championships in 2002 and 2003.

"It is my pleasure to be able to publicly express our appreciation of the funding granted by AmericaOne in sponsorship of our programs," said Fred Hagedorn (Chicago, Ill.), Chairman of the OSC. "We are pleased that AmericaOne recognizes that our goal -- the successful development of top athletes in the international arena -- is coincident with theirs." The OSC is responsible for the selection and training of athletes to represent the U.S.A. at international competitions, most significantly the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Sailing Committee of US SAILING, national governing body for the sport, has announced that supplier Gill North America has come up with a tailored approach to its support of the US national teams. Gill will offer a choice of it's specialist waterproof and breathable sailing clothing to the members of the 2002 US Sailing Team (USST) ranked one through three, and the top-ranked sailors on the 2002 US Disabled Sailing Team. The athletes may choose between Gill's breathable and lightweight 4330 Dinghy Smock, or their new 850 Dinghy Wetsuit. Specifically designed for dinghy sailors, the new wetsuit's performance cut features special comfort panels in high stretch areas for added Freedom Of Movement TM. In addition, Gill will supply their popular Compact Gear Bag to every member of the USST, US Disabled Sailing Team and US Youth World Team.

Headquartered near Atlanta in Buford, Ga., Gill North America has supported the US Sailing Team since 1995. Last year, in renewing its support as exclusive technical apparel supplier through 2004, Gill extended its support of the national team to include the athletes on the US Disabled Sailing Team and the US Youth World Team. Gill North America is the sole distributor and licensee of Gill-brand foul weather gear in the United States, where it is the top selling yachting clothing brand.

Gill wants sailors to be comfortable during competition and the new product line aims to do that. "Too often sailors work on their equipment and tactics, but neglect their comfort level while competing," said Jerry Richards, National Sales Manager of Gill North America. "A dry, comfortable sailor is a fast sailor," added Richards, who as a veteran of the British Olympic Sailing Team, knows what he is talking about.

Created in 1986, the USST recruits and develops athletes for upcoming Olympiads. It annually distinguishes the top-five ranked sailors in each of the classes chosen for Olympic competition. The US Disabled Sailing Team, created in 1998 to develop athletes for Paralympic competition, annually recognizes the top-three ranked sailors in the Paralympic disciplines. The 2004 Olympic Regatta is scheduled for August 13-29, in Athens, Greece, followed shortly thereafter by the 2004 Paralympic Games. Both events will utilize the same competition venue. The Youth World Team is selected annually to attend the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth Sailing World Championships. This year the 2002 US Youth World Team will compete in six events from July 18-27 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. For more information on these national teams visit: www.ussailing.org/Olympics/
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