Rio 2016 Athlete Selection Is Underway

American sailors in ten Olympic and three Paralympic classes are battling for spots on Team USA. Follow all the latest news with the US Sailing Team Tracker.

UPDATE: U.S. Olympic Sailing Team Athlete Selection is complete!

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The US Sailing Team Sperry 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. 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; other sponsors include Gold-Level partner Sunbrella and Silver-Level partners Harken, Team McLube and Groupe Beneteau. 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 Training Centers. Chubb Personal Insurance sponsors US Sailing’s National Team Tour, a nationwide presentation program for US Sailing Team Sperry athletes.

Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Development News:

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Para Sailing Worlds: Doerr, Kendell and Freund (USA) Win World Championship Title

Pictured:  Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), U.S. Paralympic Team & US Sailing Team Sperry (national team). Photo Jasper van Staveren / Delta Lloyd Regatta. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2016 Medemblik, The Netherlands – US Sailing Team Sperry Sonar athletes have won the overall title at the 2016 Para


Para Worlds: USA Sonar Controls Penultimate Day, SKUD-18 Rio 2016 Selection Set For Saturday

Pictured: Sonar USA 1 wins Race 7 on Friday. Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), U.S. Paralympic Team & US Sailing Team Sperry (national team). FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2016 Medemblik, The Netherlands – One day of racing remains at the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships (May 24-28) / Delta Lloyd Regatta, and


Para Worlds: USA SKUD-18 Rio 2016 Selection Tightens Up

Pictured: Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) and Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, Mass.) racing on day 3 in the SKUD-18 fleet. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2016 Medemblik, the Netherlands – Competitors at the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships (May 24-28) / Delta Lloyd Regatta experienced a light-air affair on Day 3 of racing, but regatta officials managed to conduct a full day of racing in

Delta Lloyd Regatta 2016 © Sander van der Borch

Para Worlds: USA Sonar Moves Into Lead after Four Races

Pictured: Sonar leaders Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine), Sonar. Photo Sander van der Borch / Delta Lloyd Regatta. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2016 Medemblik, the Netherlands – Racing is complete on Day Two of the 2016 Para World Sailing Championships (May 24-28), an event running in tandem this year with the Delta

ODP coach Mike Marshall keeps a close eye on an I420 team going upwind. Draft strips on the main help sailors and coaches analyze sail shape on the fly.

ODP Camp Recap: Alamitos Bay YC

Olympic Development Program Camp Recap Sail Trim May 6 to 8, 2016 Alamitos Bay YC, Long Beach, Calif. Thirty-one sailors in three classes gathered in Southern California, May 6 to 8, for an Olympic Development Program camp focused on sail trim. The classes represented included the Laser Radial (11 sailors), 29er (8 teams) and International

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US Sailing Team Sperry

The US Sailing Team Sperry is selected annually from the best Olympic-class sailors in the United States. To learn more about our national sailing team, click here.

Olympic Development Program (ODP)

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.

US Sailing Development Team

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.

ISAF Youth World Championship Team

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.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games

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 find out how to qualify for the Olympic and Paralympic Teams, US Sailing Team Sperry, Youth Worlds Team and more, click here.


To learn more about how you, your club or organization can support the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, click here.


To find out where and when your national team will be competing this year, click here.

Sponsorship & Commercial Program

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