Portsmouth, R.I. - US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Program announced today the ranking system for the 2010 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' (USSTAG) disabled classes. In each of the three classes selected for the 2012 Paralympic Games -- 2.4mR (open), SKUD18 (mixed) and Sonar (open) - the three teams with the lowest total scores in the series standings after two qualifying regattas will be eligible for the 2010 USSTAG. The two qualifying events are:
- 2009 Americas Regatta, St. Petersburg, Fla., December 4 - 6, 2009
- US SAILING's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla., January 24 - 30, 2010
The final finish positions, not net points, count towards the teams' series standings. For more details about the ranking system for the 2010 USSTAG, including scoring and requirements, please visit the ranking system page on the US Sailing Teams web site.
The disabled classes are coached by Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), a five-time US SAILING Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and two-time Yngling World Champion. The 2012 Paralympic Regatta is scheduled for August 29 - September 9, 2012, in Weymouth, England.
US SAILING provides USSTAG members with financial, fundraising, logistical, performance (including coaching and on-and-off-the-water fitness training), marketing and communication support. Team members must be eligible to represent the United States in the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, remain a member of US SAILING and commit to weight requirements as appropriate in the nominated class. For more information about the USSTAG and the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Programs, please visit the teams' web site, http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.