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  • Learn more; “Incredible 12 months of Hugh Freund’s Sonar campaign for Rio 2016”


    In the 12 months leading up to the Paralympics, Team USA One has competed in 5 countries on 4 continents separated by 87 degrees of latitude, and spent an incredible 80 days training and racing together. As enormous as that is, well-funded European teams will log double the time in the same year.

    How We Qualify

    Only 16 berths are allocated for the Sonar class at the Paralympics. Countries must first qualify by finishing in the top of the fleet at specified World Championships in 2014 and 2015. As a top performing boat at the 2015 Para World Championship in Australia, Team USA One qualified the United States for a Paralympic berth. Then we must continue to be the best performing domestic team to earn a place on the US Paralympic team. For each US team vying for the Paralympic berth, the sum of their final finishing positions at the 2015 Para World Championship and 2016 Sailing World Cup stop in Hyeres, France in April will determine which team is selected.

    The US team with the least total points after the two selection events will go to Rio.

    So they can’t do it alone

    While our competitors receive financial backing from their governments, Team USA is 100% funded by individual donors and sponsors. The Team’s top competitors invest up to 400% more in their Olympic Programs. That means that the US Sailing Olympic Team has to work harder, smarter and with precision to achieve success. Now that the Olympic podium is clearly within our sights, every minute and every dollar counts.

    To “Help Them Finish” Donate:

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    They are currently accept donations through the Windmark Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3, in order to provide a tax credit for donors. Funds donated to their campaign via Windmark are eligible for a 1:1 match up to $15k, so it is in all of our best interest to funnel donations through this foundation.

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