Congratulations to StFYC Sailors Zach, Paige, Molly & Bob!
Portsmouth, R.I. (February 7, 2012) – At the 2011 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards Dinner, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee presented the “Charlie Awards” to the 2011 USSTAG athletes who achieved excellence in the following categories: Breakthrough Performance, Most Improved Fitness, Best Teammate, Best Individual Performance, Best Team Performance, Commercial Award, and Outstanding Service to the Team. The awards were presented Jan. 28 in Miami, Florida, following US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, where USSTAG won five medals in SKUD-18, Finn, Laser Radial, Women’s RS:X and Women’s Match Racing.
“The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics ‘Charlie Awards’ are named in honor of our dear friend Charlie Leighton, who is the driving force behind our Team’s Medalist Donor Program,” said Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), the Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program. “We have a terrific team of athletes of which the OSC and staff are extremely proud. There were many great moments in 2011, with the highlight of naming our Olympic and Paralympic Teams.”
Most Improved Fitness: Zach Railey
This award is given to the athlete who, over the previous 12 months, has made the most significant improvement to their physical fitness.
In early 2011, Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) committed to a residency at the US Olympic Committee’s Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. and devoted every day to a full-time training regimen with the Center’s experts. In one year, under the guidance of USSTAG’s physical trainer Chris Herrera of Miami’s Jaguar PT/Bow Down Training, he put on over 35 pounds of muscle, improved his metabolic efficiency, endurance and strength.
The award was presented by USSTAG Olympic Coach Leandro Spina (Miami, Fla.).
Best Team Performance: Team Maclaren – Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi
This award is given to the team who, over the previous 12 months, has produced the best overall performance on the water.
“This team exemplifies what it means to be a team,” said Charlie Leighton, US Sailing’s former executive director and for whom the awards are named. “They always start a sentence with ‘we’ and not ‘I’ and are respectful of each other. They support each other 100% in the good times and the bad. This past year has a been a remarkable year of accomplishment, including winning the Worlds.”
In 2011, Tunnicliffe’s Team Maclaren — Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) — collected an impressive string of results at World Cup events, in Women’s Match Racing.
The year started with a silver medal at US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR and was followed-up by a bronze at Princess Sofia Trophy and gold at Skandia Sail for Gold. The team ended the year with gold medal in the overall World Cup standings, a World championship title and a #1 international ranking.
Best Individual Performance: Paige Railey
This award is given to the athlete who, over the previous 12 months, has produced the best overall performance on the water by an individual.
“Paige finished third overall at the ISAF Sailing World Championship, won gold medal at US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, and bronze at the London 2012 Test Event, in August,” said Luther Carpenter (LaPorte, Texas), US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Olympic Coach and Paige’s coach. “She also represented the USA at the 2011 Pan American Games where she won a bronze medal. No matter what she does, she attacks it with a plan and sets a very high standard for herself.”
Railey ended the year with an overall bronze medal in the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.
Charles M. Leighton Award for Outstanding Service: Bob Billingham
This award is presented to the individual who has made a significant difference in the lives of the members of the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program.
“There are a number of things I can say about my friend Bob Billingham,” said Dean Brenner, OSC Chairman and presenter of the award. “He has been an invaluable member of the OSC and instrumental in the concept of our Team Shed in Weymouth. Without his guidance and leadership our Team may not have such a comfortable place to call our home away from home. It is, without a doubt, one of the keys to our Team feeling settled when we’re in England.”
The Annual Awards were hosted at the Coral Reef Yacht Club.
About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
Full article can be found here - http://olympics.ussailing.org/2012/02/07/2011-awards-dinner/
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The members of the Olympic and Paralympic Teams are members of the 2012 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Trinity Yachts.