US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) is proud to announce a new Olympic sailing training pipeline, which will help guide talented sailors from youth programmes to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program.
As part of the new pipeline, the OSC will launch two new teams in 2009: The US Sailing Team - U18 (Under 18) and US Sailing Team - U23 (Under 23). As a long-time supporter of youth racing, LaserPerformance has signed on as the official sponsor of both teams. US SAILING will provide the teams with elite-level coaching, as well as educational, administrative and logistical support throughout the year. The country's top youth sailors will gain invaluable experience by competing at major national and international regattas, learn how to campaign for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and choose, prepare and maintain equipment.
Formerly known as the Elite Youth Development Team, the US Sailing Team - U18 and US Sailing Team - U23 were created for athletes who have been identified as future Olympic prospects. The US Sailing Team - U18 will include the top sailors in the Laser Radial (boys), Laser Radial (girls), 29er (open) and I420 (boys or girls) classes, who were born after 1991. The OSC will accept up to five boats in each class for the U18 team. The US Sailing Team - U23 will consist of the top two sailors born after 1986 in each of the Laser (men) and Laser Radial (women) classes. Members of the U23 team may also compete concurrently at the college level.
US SAILING is currently accepting applications for the 2009 US Sailing Team - U18 and US Sailing Team U-23 from sailors who fit the age and class requirements and are current members of US SAILING. Team members will be selected by sailing resume, including regatta results and awards, as well as a proposed training plan for the 2009 season. Sailors who have qualified for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) will not be eligible for the U18 or U23 teams.
Team members must be available to train and compete for a minimum of 65 days a year. Applicants should also specify which regattas they are available to compete at in 2009:
- USSTAG Training Camp, all classes except Laser Radial, Miami, Fla. (14-16 February)
- Laser Radial Women's North American Championship, Radial girls, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (12-15 February)
- Laser Midwinters East, Laser and Laser Radial girls and boys, Clearwater, Fla. (19-22 February)
- USSTAG Physical Training Camp, all classes, Chula Vista, Calif. (12-15 March)
- California International Sailing Association (CISA) Clinic, all classes, Long Beach, Calif. (4-7 April)
- USSTAG Training Camp, all U23 classes, Kiel, Germany (13-16 June)
- USSTAG Training Camp, all U18 classes, Kiel, Germany (22-24 June)
- Kiel Week, 420 and 29er, Kiel, Germany (19-25 June)
- Kiel Week, Laser and Laser Radial girls and boys, Kiel, Germany (25-28 June)
- USSTAG Training Camp, all classes, Kiel, Germany 29 June-4 July)
- European Laser Radial Youth Championship, Laser Radial girls and boys, Charlottenlund, Denmark (1-8 July)
- European Laser Radial Women's Championship, Laser Radial all ages, Charlottenlund, Denmark (9-16 July)
- 29er World Championship, 29er, Riva, Lake Garda, Italy (19-25 July)
- I420 Worlds Championship, I420, Lake Garda, Italy (27 July-5 August)
- I420 Junior European Championship, I420, Lake Balaton, Hungary (10-18 August)
Sailors interested in being considered for the team should email a cover letter, sailing resume, training and regatta plan and headshot to US SAILING's High Performance Director Kenneth Andreasen and US SAILING's Olympic Director Katie Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The deadline for applications is Sunday 7 December 2008. Team members will be announced by 19 December 2008.