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Team selected for Pan American Games

US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee has selected 16 American sailors to compete at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13 to 29. The sailing competition of the 2007 Pan American Games will feature nine events, including three Olympic classes — Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X — and five non-Olympic, open classes: Hobie 16, J/24, Lightning, Snipe and Sunfish.

The members of the team are: Hobie 16 team Bob Merrick and Eliza Cleveland, both of Branford, Conn.; J/24 team Daniel Borrer of St. Augustine Beach, Fla., Nate Vilardebo of Tampa, Fla., Patrick Wilson of Savannah, Ga., and Josh Putnam of Augusta, Ga.; Laser sailor Andrew Campbell of San Diego; Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey of Clearwater, Fla.; Lightning team David and Jody Starck, both of Buffalo, N.Y., and Bill Faude of Chicago; RS:X Men sailor Ben Barger of Tampa, Fla.; RS:X Women sailor Nancy Rios of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Snipe team Augie Diaz of Miami and Tracy Smith of Newport, R.I.; Sunfish sailor Paul Foerster of Rockwall, Texas.

Junior Olympic Sailing Festival scheduled

US Sailing announced the 2007 schedule of its U.S.A. Junior Olympic Sailing Festival program. The series of 22 events begins in June and wraps up in Miami in December with the “Orange Bowl,” the largest event of the season that consistently draws over 600 young sailors from across the country.

With support from sponsors West Marine, Gill, and Active.com, U.S. Sailing’s JO program, now in its eleventh year, is designed to give young sailors between the ages of 8 and 21 the opportunity to learn, enjoy the fun and excitement of competitive sailing, and develop skills for a lifelong involvement in the sport.

Each host club selects the boats sailed at their event, but many will feature youth classes such as the Optimist, Club 420, Laser, Laser Radial, and high-performance 29er, as well as several windsurfing classes. For information, visit www.ussailing.org/youth/racing or call (401) 683-0800.

Grants offered to prepare female sailors

To foster growth in women’s sailing, Rolex Watch U.S.A. has announced it will sponsor several “Road to Rolex” clinics across the United States and abroad in preparation for U.S. Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, scheduled for Nov. 14 to 17 at the Houston Yacht Club in La Porte, Texas.

Organizers are seeking yacht clubs and sailing centers to host the clinics. Since 1997 the clinics have provided female sailors with additional opportunities to hone their keelboat racing skills needed for competition in the Rolex IWKC.

The Road to Rolex clinic program is designed for one- or two-day formats and features an instruction manualdeveloped by five-time Rolex Yachts woman of the Year Betsy Alison. Alison, an internationally recognized sailing educator and coach, has won the biennial Rolex IWKC five times.

At clinics with more than five boats participating, the host organizer will run a series of short races at the conclusion of the clinic. The winner will receive a $200 credit toward her entry fee for the Rolex IWKC.

Organizations interested in hosting a “Road to Rolex” clinic should contact Trisha McElroy at no720s@gmail.com. The Notice of Race is available on the event Web site at www.ussailing.org/riwkc .