2014 US Sailing Development Team Selected

Portsmouth, R.I. (March 20, 2014) – US Sailing has released the roster of the 2014 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), the pathway team for the US Olympic Sailing Program. The Development Team is comprised of athletes who have demonstrated elite talent and rank as America’s top prospects for future elevation to the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, and the US Olympic Team.
“The Development Team will compete this year on the sport’s biggest stages, including ISAF Sailing World Cup events, the Combined Worlds in Santander, Spain, and the ISAF Youth Worlds,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. “We look forward to helping them along the way and watching them grow as athletes.”
Sailors competing in classes that will be used in Rio de Janeiro 2016 qualified for the USSDT at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, America’s premier Olympic classes regatta. The 2014 USSDT also includes all members of US Sailing’s 2014 ISAF Youth World Championships Team, which will compete July 12-19 in Tavira, Portugal.
The following athletes have been named to the 2014 USSDT:
  • 470 (Men’s Two Person Dinghy): Wade Waddell (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.)
  • 49er (Men’s Two Person Dinghy, High Performance): Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla.), Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) and Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.)
  • 49erFX (Women’s Two Person Dinghy, High Performance): Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.), Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) and Debbie Capozzi (Blue Point, N.Y.)
  • Finn (Men’s One Person Dinghy, Heavyweight): Henry Sprague (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Gordon Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.)
  • Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy): Erik Bowers (Excelsior, Minn.)
  • Laser Radial (Women’s One Person Dinghy): Christine Neville (Middletown, R.I.)
  • RS:X (Men’s Windsurfer): Raul Lopez (Miami, Fla.)
  • RS:X (Women’s Windsurfer): Solvig Sayre (Vineyard Haven, Mass.)
  • Nacra 17 (Mixed Multihull): Taylor Reiss (Clearwater, Fla.) and Sarah Lihan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Laser Radial (boy’s one person dinghy): Luke Muller* (Ft. Pierce, Fla.)
  • Laser Radial (girl’s one person dinghy): Haddon Hughes* (Houston, Texas)
  • International 420 (girl’s two person dinghy): Audrey Giblin* (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) and Taylor Gavula* (Villanova, Pa.)
  • International 420 (boy’s two person dinghy): Jack Parkin* (Riverside, Conn.) and Florian Eenkema van Dijk* (Darien, Conn.)
  • 29er (open high performance dinghy): Quinn Wilson* (Ojai, Calif.) and Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • RS:X (boy’s windsurfer): Pedro Pascual* (Cadiz, Spain)
  • RS:X (girl’s windsurfer): Charlotte Samson* (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • SL16 (open multihull): Ravi Parent* (Bradenton, Fla.) and Nicholas Schultz* (Sarasota, Fla.)
*Denotes a member of US Sailing’s 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds Team
Online USSDT roster: http://bit.ly/Ot8IVZ
For more information on 2014 USSDT selection procedures: http://bit.ly/1egPYTg
About the US Sailing Development Team
The US Sailing Development Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. Selected annually, the USSDT is supported and administered exclusively by the US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US Sailing. The OSC’s mission is to develop sailors for Olympic-caliber competition and to prepare them for qualification to the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and the Olympic Sailing Team. The OSC supports these athletes with coaching and by facilitating training and racing with and against the best national and international competition.

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth 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 Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

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Press Contact: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager. willricketson@ussailing.org, (401) 683-0800.

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