The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is the US national sailing team, comprised of Olympic and Paralympic veterans and hopefuls. The team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Harken and Team McLube. Yale Cordage is a team supplier. The US Sailing Center Miami is an Olympic training site. Oakcliff Sailing and Clearwater Community Sailing Center are US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider training centers. Chubb Personal Insurance sponsors US Sailing’s National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes.
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is selected annually from the best Olympic-class sailors in the United States. To learn more about our team, click here.
The US Sailing Development Team is the pathway team for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, and consists of America’s top prospects for future elevation to the national team. To learn more, click here.
The ISAF Youth World Championships Team will represent the US on the ultimate stage for the world’s best young talent. To learn more, click here.
Our team has one goal: Help Americans onto the Olympic and Paralympic podium. To find out about our Games Teams, venues, and history, click here.
To learn more about team selection criteria, including for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, Development Team, and Youth Worlds Team, click here.
To learn more about how you, your club or organization can support the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, click here.
How do I start an Olympic campaign? What classes should I compete in? Who should I talk to? To answer these questions and more, click here.
To find out where and when your national team will be competing this year, click here.
To find out about how your company can join our team, and support American aspirations in Olympic and Paralympic sailing, click here.
December 16, 2014 Benjamin Richardson (Gloucester, Mass.), Chairman of the US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC), checks in with some thoughts on the just-released selection system (also known as the Olympic trials) for the sailing events of Rio 2016: From 2008 to 2012, the US went from a one-event domestic selection system to a two-event international system that tested athletes against the world’s best as well as their US competitors. How does the Rio 2016 system compare to the London 2012 system? Richardson: “We [the OSC] felt that there was a lot we got right with our selection process last time around and remained committed to using […]