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In the 49er Judge Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.) fi nished second in the Rio Olympic selection series early last year despite a heavily truncated post- college Olympic campaign, and will look to build on that strong foundation. David Liebenberg (Livermore,


Calif.) helmed the top U.S. 49er in World Cup Series Miami 2017, and competed in the internationally broadcast medal race. Brothers and Harvard University Sailing Team standouts Andrew Mollerus (Rye, N.Y.) and Matthew Mollerus (Rye, N.Y.) round out the U.S. squad in the high- performance skiff class.


“To help American athletes achieve their goals, the U.S. Olympic sailing program is looking to build a system based on three primary goals,” said Page. “We need to ensure that we maintain a positive and cohesive team culture, focus on athlete skill-building, and create long-term performance sustainability. I know that we


have both the talent and resources in the United States to create a top program, and I look forward to working with these 18 sailors and all others on the Olympic path to build the best team in the world.”


Learn more about the US Sailing Team at www.ussailing.org/olympics/.


2017 USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals


USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals (#gojo17), a nationwide series of sailing regattas for youth ages 8 to 18, will be taking place at sailing clubs and yacht clubs around the country in 2017.


JO Festivals share a common goal: to encourage young sailors to enjoy sailing, develop their skills, and become life-long sailors.


These sailing festivals mix Olympic-style competition with elements of fun and learning at all levels, from beginning racers to those with Olympic aspirations.


Find a USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival in your area: jo.ussailing.org


Be a First Sail Location


Is your home community sailing center, sailing club or yacht club an offi cial First Sail location? Find out how your club can be part of this exciting new initiative.


First Sail is organized by US Sailing with the goal of promoting the benefi ts of sailing, encouraging individuals to get out on the water and growing the sport of sailing across the United States.


The First Sail Experience is a short, affordable introductory sailing lesson offered to


anyone through a growing list of First Sail Locations, comprised of community sailing centers, sailing schools and yacht clubs around the country.


Paul Lang,


Instructional Coordinator at Mission Bay Aquatic Center:


“First Sail fi lls a gap in our sailing


programming. While we all know the joy and excitement that can come from learning to sail, a number of potential students hesitate to commit to a full-length sailing course, especially if they have yet to step foot on


a boat. Not only is First Sail the perfect offering to allow students to try sailing without a signifi cant commitment of time or money, but it’s a perfect way to introduce our program to students who are reluctant to sign up to a full course without knowing if they’ll like sailing or not.


We are confi dent that the vast majority of people who have a safe, informative and fun initial exposure to sailing will continue on to additional sailing instruction, and First Sail is an ideal vehicle for that fi rst exposure to sailing.”


Learn more about First Sail at fi rstsail.org.


Sailing Leadership Forum 2018 - Save the Date!


This signature US Sailing event offers a unique experience for all types of sailors. Join us for Sailing Leadership Forum 2018 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Fla. on February 1-3, 2018. Learn more about SLF 2018 at sailingleadership.org.


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