Small Stuff - June 2006

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Navy Midshipman wins award

US Sailing presented its National Sportsmanship award, the W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Trophy, to Greg Storer of Branford, Conn., for his “outstanding display of sportsmanship behavior” at the U.S. Offshore Championship last fall.

A Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy and captain of the Academy’s Offshore Sailing Team, Storer had led his team to the top of the scoreboard on Day 1 of the U.S. Offshore Championship, held in Annapolis, Md. On the second day of the three-day event, the competitors sailed a 24-mile point-to-point race and the Midshipmen crossed the finish line in second place. The wind had been building throughout that race and the race committee had amended the course by inserting a safe-water mark to keep the unfamiliar skippers clear of potential shoal water.

Upon getting back ashore, a competitor pointed out to the Navy crew that it appeared Navy had passed this mark on the incorrect side. Although no protest was filed, Storer admitted that he was uncertain if he had honored the mark and voluntarily decided to withdraw from the race, converting his team’s second-place finish to a 12th. The Navy team still managed to win the entire regatta after two races were held on the final day.

“Mr. Storer’s conduct during the U.S. Offshore Championship was exemplary,” read one of the nominations for the National Sportsmanship award. “He is a credit to himself, the Naval Academy sailing program and to sailing in general.”

Storer, 21, is a senior at the Naval Academy and plans to become a submarine warfare officer upon his graduation this spring.

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Alison named coach of disabled sailing team

US Sailing hired Betsy Alison of Newport, R.I., as the full-time coach of the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team. Alison, a five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and two-time Yngling World Champion, has been working with athletes of the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team for several years, accompanying the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team to the 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games.

Created in 1998 to develop and prepare the team representing the U.S. at the Paralympic Games, the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team annually recognizes the top three competitors in the three classes selected for the Paralympic Games: 2.4 Meter (Open Singlehanded), UD18 (Open Doublehanded) and Sonar (Open Triplehanded).

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New look for US Sailing team

There’s a new way for sailors to show their support for the US Sailing Team — the spring 2006 collection of US Sailing Team apparel, which features a new graphic look.

The collection includes five specially designed items, ranging from caps to technical T-shirts. The items are designed for sailors of all types and are available online at the US Sailing Authentic Collection Web site, www.ussailinggear.com , and at select retail locations.

The line also offers crew gear that can be personalized to include a boat name, sail number and boat logo. The 2006 collection of branded products includes T-shirts, polo shirts, hats, outerwear and gear bags from name-brands like Gill, Nautica and others.