The Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING has finalised its team to represent the USA at the XIV Pan American Games.
The multi-sport event, held every four years since its inception in 1951, is scheduled for August 1-17, 2003, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and will be staged from Club Nautico de Santo Domingo. The Pan American Games, always held the summer preceding the Olympic Games, are attended by the world's finest athletes from 42 nations in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean who compete in 288 events across 38 sports.
The USA is sending sailors to compete in seven classes (eight disciplines that mirror those found in the Olympics). The Laser (men) and Mistral (men and women) classes utilise the same equipment used in the Olympic Regatta. The other five are non-Olympic classes -- Laser Radial (women), Hobie 16, J/24, Snipe and Sunfish (all open).
2003 U.S.A. Pan Am Games Team-Sailing
Leading the charge in the Hobie 16 (open doublehanded multihull) is the husband and wife team of Paul and Mary Ann HESS (Napa, Calif.). Tim HEALY (Newport, R.I.) will skipper the J/24 (open keelboat), with crew Nick JUDSON (Nantucket, Mass.), Gordon BORGES (Newport, R.I.) and Davenport CROCKER (Cohasset, Mass.). Returning to the Pan Am Games for the second time is Henry FILTER (Stevensville, Md.), who will team with Lisa GRIFFITH (San Diego, Calif./Phillipsburg, N.J.) in the Snipe (open doublehanded dinghy). Sailing in the Sunfish (open singlehanded dinghy) is Jeff LINTON (Tampa, Fla.).
Four sailors with Olympic campaigns will also compete in Santo Domingo. Representing the USA in the Laser (men's singlehanded dinghy) is Benjamin RICHARDSON (Gloucester, Mass.), while Sally BARKOW (Pine Lake, Wisc.), who skippers a Yngling in an Olympic campaign, will compete in the Laser Radial (women's singlehanded dinghy). Sailing in the Mistral (men and women's windsurfer) are Peter WELLS (Newport Beach, Calif.) and three-time Olympian and Pan Am Games medallist Lanee BUTLER (Aliso Viejo, Calif.).
All of the sailors who qualified for the USA.'s 2003 Pan Am Games Team-Sailing, including sailors Brian TABOADA (Island Heights, N.J.), Theresa PARKER COLANTUONO (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Ryan Dunn (Brick, N.J.) whose Lightning event was cut in mid-May by Pan Am organisers, automatically become members of the 2003 US Sailing Team.
Coaching and Support Staff Named
Providing coaching support to the 2003 Pan Am Games Team-Sailing will be Head Coach Scott IKLE (Geneva, N.Y.) and Assistant Coach Geoff BECKER (Annapolis, Md.).
Team Leader for the 2003 Pan American Games-Sailing delegation is US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Fred HAGEDORN (Chicago, Ill.). He will be assisted by US SAILING's Olympic Programs Manager Katie RICHARDSON (Portsmouth, R.I.), who will act as Team Manager. Carl EICHENLAUB (San Diego, Calif.), whose boat repair abilities are legendary, will reprise his role as Team Boatwright. Eichenlaub, who has attended every Pan Am Games since 1979 in this capacity, has also supported the USA's Olympic Team-Sailing at the last five Olympic Regattas. In addition, Barby MACGOWAN (Middletown, R.I.) of Media Pro International, will be onsite as the US Olympic Committee's Media Liaison for the US Sailing Team.