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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.

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 manual developed by five-time Rolex Yachtswoman 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 .