FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MIAMI, Fla. (February 3rd, 2019) – As nearly all of the racing at the Hempel World Cup Series Miami has been completed, more athletes have qualified for selection to the 2019 US Sailing Team. The national team is selected annually and consists of the top sailors competing in the events selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Athletes had the opportunity to qualify at the Hempel World Championships Aarhus 2018 and the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami.
As of yesterday evening, the top 10 boats in each class at the Hempel World Cup Series Miami were decided. Of this group, five boats comprised of nine athletes have earned selection to the 2019 US Sailing Team.
Through the US Sailing Team and its sponsors, qualified athletes on the Olympic path receive financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing, and communications support. US Sailing’s Chief of Olympic Sailing, Malcolm Page said “It takes an incredible amount of resources to support athletes on their journey to the Olympic podium. At US Sailing, we’re honored to be a small part of supporting these individuals in pursuit of an Olympic Medal.”
Athletes Qualified to the 2019 US Sailing Team:
Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy):
- Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) – Qualified in Aarhus
Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy):
- Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) – Qualified in Aarhus
- Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Qualified in Aarhus
Finn (Men’s One-Person Dinghy):
- Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) – Qualified in Aarhus
- Luke Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) – Qualified in Miami
Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy):
Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy):
49erFX (Women’s Two-Person Skiff):
Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Foiling Multihull):
- Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.) – Qualified in Miami
- Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and David Liebenberg (Livermore, Calif.) – Qualified in Miami
- This is not a roster announcement for the 2019 US Sailing Team, only an announcement of qualification.
- No individuals in the 49er, RS:X Men’s, or RS:X Women’s classes have earned selection to the 2019 US Sailing Team at this time, though it is possible that others could be added later in the year.
Learn more about the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami.
Learn More about selection to the 2019 US Sailing Team.
About the US Sailing Team
The US Sailing Team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. US Sailing names the top Olympic class athletes to the team annually, through both event qualification and at the discretion of team leadership. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing, and communications support. US Sailing Team sponsors include partners Helly Hansen, Harken, McLube, and Groupe Beneteau, and Marlow Ropes. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics.
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, 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. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.