US Sailing ODP Trailer and Oakcliff 49er Fleet Arrive On the West Coast

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Long Beach, Calif. – A large trailer containing part of Oakcliff Sailing‘s 49er and 49erFX Olympic-class skiff fleet has arrived at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, California in an effort to boost the US Sailing Team Sperry and the new Olympic Development Program (ODP). Driven from Miami, Florida to Long Beach by 2012 US Olympic Star class crew Brian Fatih (Miami, Fla.) the trailer’s presence marks the beginning of an exciting period of training and racing in the area. Oakliff’s high-performance two-person boats will allow promising Olympic hopefuls on the west coast significantly better training opportunities as they seek to hone their skills.

“The arrival of these boats presents a fantastic opportunity for the US Sailing Team Sperry and young sailors motivated to take the next step in high-performance sailing,” said Charlie McKee, US Sailing’s High Performance Director and two-time Olympic medalist. “This would not be possible without Oakcliff’s partnership, our fantastic hosts at ABYC, and the resources provided by US Sailing’s new Olympic Development Program (ODP). It’s an exciting time to be a young athlete aspiring to medal at the Olympics.”

 About US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program

US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) was launched in January 2015 to lead the progression of the most promising youth sailing talent in the US. Guided by the US Olympic Sailing Committee’s Project Pipeline strategic initiative, the ODP fosters an integrated approach to training in the core development and Olympic classes, and is part of a system to provide the United States with a steady stream of well-prepared sailors. Some of these athletes will go on to represent Team USA at The Olympic Games, and provide the national team with consistent success. The fundamental premise of the ODP is to focus on the critical transition from youth sailing to high performance racing in Olympic classes. The ODP is funded through generous donations by individual and organizations. The lead gift for the program was provided by the AmericaOne Foundation. For more information on the ODP, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, 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 Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org

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

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