Wednesday, March 31, 2010

US Armed Forces Sailing Team Sailing J/24s

Six U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Sailors comprising the U.S. Armed Forces Sailing Team competed in a J/24 Match Racing event against representatives from 21 countries at the 44th World Military Sailing Championship March 13-21. Hosted for the first time by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the World Military Sailing Championship was hosted by the International Military Sports Council, which is headquartered in Belgium and boasts 122 military member nations worldwide.  The main mission of the International Military Sports Competition is fostering friendship through sport and enhancing military-to-military ties.

The U.S. team is part of the Department of Defense (DoD) Armed Forces Sports Program, which promotes goodwill and a positive image of the armed services through sports, encourages physical fitness by promoting a highly competitive sports program and provides the avenue for military athletes to participate in J/24 Military World Sailing Games- 
USA Teamnational and international competitions.  The U.S. team spent five days practicing in J/24 sailboats at J World in Key West, FL, prior to the match races at the Bahrain Sailing Club's Al Jazayir beach.  The Team finished #15 out of 21 with Italy, Russia and Turkey taking the top three places.

Team Members: CAPT Eric Irwin, USN - Senior US Military Delegate-  Newport RI; CDR Jay Cavalieri, USN - Team Captain/Skipper, San Diego CA; LT Nicole Auth, USCG-  Pearl Harbor HI; LTjg Brittani Koroknay, USCG-  Hampton Roads VA; LTjg Abby Lafond, USCG- Portland, OR; AN Michael Fleck, USN-  Boston, MA.  The team members, who had been selected earlier this year by submitting resumes to the DoD Armed Forces Sports Program, had never met before their first practice on March 5.  To learn more about opportunities to participate in the U.S. military's sports program, visit the Web site at