49er & 49erFX Skiff Summer Tour Announced For North America

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February 13, 2016

Portsmouth, R.I. – Following up on the successful effort to bring World Championship 49er and 49erFX skiff racing to North American shores, US Sailing has announced a 2016 Skiff Summer Tour, scheduled to take place over six events from July to September. With two events on the U.S. west coast, two in Ontario, Canada, and two on the U.S. east coast, the 2016 Skiff Summer Tour will be continental in scope.

“Skiff sailing in North America is back,” said Charlie McKee, US Sailing’s High Performance Director and a 49er Olympic medalist. “After having the 49er and 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater, we are keen to keep the momentum going, and facilitate as much high-quality skiff activity as possible.”

Schedule: 2016 Skiff Summer Tour

Click here to download a printable flyer for the 2016 Skiff Summer Tour.

The 2016 Skiff Summer Tour has been organized with the help of US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP). For more information on how to work with the ODP, contact Leandro Spina, Youth Development Director, US Sailing, at youthdevelopment@ussailing.org or +1 (401) 835 1651.

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Press Contact: Will Ricketson, Olympic Communications Manager, willricketson@ussailing.org, +1 (978) 697-2384