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.
For the first time, each Sonar team will name an alternate which will allow for a crew substitution should the need arise.
The US Disabled Sailing Team is sponsored by Lands' End and Rolex Watch, U.S.A. Suppliers to the Team are Extrasport, Gill North America, McLube and Sperry Top-Sider. The following members of the 2003 US Disabled Sailing Team are listed in ranking order one through three.
Named in the Sonar class (skipper and crew):
- 1998 World Disabled Sailing Gold Medallist John ROSS-DUGGAN with Mike ROSS, J.P. CREIGNOU and alternate Larry KUTNO.
- 2001 2.4 Metre North American and Northeastern Champion Rick DOERR with Tim ANGLE, 1998 World Disabled Sailing Silver medallist Richard HUGHES and alternate Maureen MCKINNON-TUCKER
- 2000 Paralympians Paul CALLAHAN and Keith BURHANS with Mike HERSEY and alternate Roger CLEWORTH.
Named in the 2.4 Metre class:
- 2001 IFDS 2.4 Metre World Silver Medallist and 2000 Paralympic 2.4 Metre Bronze medallist Tom BROWN
- John RUF
- Tom FRANKLIN