FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
US SAILING Communications Manager
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Communications Contact
(401) 441- 3948
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (April 22, 2009) – Along with all the sailing enthusiasts, US SAILING will greet the teams and take part in all the exciting activities and events at the Volvo Ocean Race’s sole North American stopover in Boston Harbor’s world-class waterfront destination at Fan Pier. The Race Village at the Fan Pier Boston Port Stopover opens this Saturday, April 25 and runs through Saturday, May 16. US SAILING is proud to announce they will be on-site from start to finish.
US SAILING is hosting "Olympic Night with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics" on May 13 at 6 p.m., in the Race Village at Fan Pier Boston. Seating is limited and based on a first come, first serve basis. This event will feature Chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee, Dean Brenner; two-time Olympian, Tim Wadlow (49er class); and 2008 Paralympic gold medalist, Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (SKUD 18 class). They will be speaking about the success at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games and future plans for the 2012 Games. The event is open to the public and registration is free.
US SAILING encourages everyone attending the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover at Fan Pier Boston to visit the US SAILING booth to learn more about our products, programs and services. Join or renew your membership at the US SAILING booth and receive your choice of either the Handy Guide to the Racing Rules of Sailing or Dave Perry’s Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing. US SAILING is the official sponsor for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Co-Ed National Championship Semifinals on May 2-3, hosted by MIT and Harvard. US SAILING is sponsoring a dinner on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. that features speaker Ken Read, skipper of Team PUMA.
“On behalf of everyone at US SAILING, we are excited to introduce several of our team’s finest sailors, who have amazing stories to share,” said executive director of US SAILING, Charlie Leighton. “I especially look forward to introducing American sailing icon, Ken Read, to the talented young sailors representing 36 college sailing teams.”
The Volvo Ocean Race started on October 11, 2008 in Alicante, Spain. The race covers nearly 37,000 nautical miles of the globe’s most treacherous seas, with stops in 11 ports around the world. The teams still competing in the Volvo Ocean Race are projected to finish Leg 6, a 4,900 nautical mile trip from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Boston on April 26-28. During the stopover, the teams will compete in the Broad Sound in-port race on May 9. The Volvo Ocean Race resumes on May 16 when the teams set sail for Galway, Ireland on Leg 7.
For more information on the Fan Pier Boston Port Stopover, go to: http://www.volvooceanraceatfanpierboston.com/port-stopover
For more information on the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, go to: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Home.htm
About US SAILING
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and US SAILING
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken and Team McLube. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: ussailing.org. For more information about the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/