US Sailing announce team
The U.S.A. had qualified to enter the nine originally scheduled sailing events, and had conducted trials to select competitors for each, when word was received last month that organizers would cut the number of planned events. Initial reports indicated that only the events for sailing which utilize the same equipment found in Olympic competition (Laser and Mistral) would remain on the program for Santo Domingo. Following a strong lobby from sailing officials, the President of the Pan American Sports Organizations has confirmed that the sport has received a one-time exemption that will allow events with a “technical equivalent” to those disciplines scheduled for the 2004 Olympic Regatta to remain. The result is the elimination of the Lightning from the competition lineup in Santo Domingo.
Listed below by class (discipline) are the members of the USA’s 2003 Pan Am Games Team-Sailing, who will compete in Santo Domingo:
Hobie 16 (open doublehanded catamaran) – Paul Hess and Mary Ann Hess (both
J/24 (open keelboat) – Tim Healy (Newport, R.I.), Nick Judson (Nantucket,
Mass.), Gordon Borges (Newport, R.I.) and Davenport Crocker (Cohasset,
Laser (men’s singlehanded dinghy) – Benjamin Richardson (Gloucester, Mass.)
Laser Radial (women’s singlehanded dinghy) - Sally Barkow (Pine Lake, Wisc.)
Mistral Men (men’s windsurfer) - Peter Wells (Newport Beach, Calif.)
Mistral Women (women’s windsurfer) - Lanee Butler (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
Snipe (open doublehanded dinghy) – Henry Filter (Stevensville, Md.) and Lisa
Griffith (San Diego, Calif./Phillipsburg, N.J.)
Sunfish (open singlehanded dinghy) – Jeff Linton (Tampa, Fla.)
All of the sailors who qualified for the 2003 Pan Am Games Team-Sailing, including Lightning sailors Brian Taboada (Island Heights, N.J.), Theresa Parker Colantuono (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Ryan Dunn (Brick, N.J.), become members of the 2003 US Sailing Team.