US SAILING has announced the members of the 2006 U.S. Sailing Team, which annually recognizes the top-five ranked sailors in each of the boat-classes selected for the next Olympic regatta. For the 2008 Olympic Regatta in Qingdao, China, those classes are: 49er, 470 (Men and Women), Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X (Men and Women), Star, Tornado, and Yngling. Rankings on the US Sailing Team are based on attendance and performance at qualifying events. Athletes who have qualified for the US Sailing Team are identified as strong contenders for an Olympic berth and, as members of the Team, they will be assisted with coaching, training, and other benefits. The members of the 2006 US Sailing Team are:49er (Skiff)1. Morgan Larson (Capitola, Calif.)/Pete Spaulding (Lafayette, Ind.)2. Dalton Bergan (Seattle)/Zack Maxam (Coronado, Calif.)3. Tim Wadlow (Beverly, Mass.)/Michael Karas (Seattle)4. Sam Kahn (Santa Cruz, Calif.)/Paul Allen (Santa Cruz, Calif.)5. Jonathan Goldberry (Corte Madera, Calif.)/Matt Noble (Richmond, Calif.)470 Men (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy)1. Mike Anderson-Mitterling (Coronado, Calif.)/David Hughes (San Diego)2. Stu McNay (Boston)/Graham Biehl (San Diego)3. Justin Law (Newport Beach, Calif.)/Michael Miller (Charleston, S.C.)4. Adam Roberts (San Diego)/Nick Martin (San Diego)5. Charlie Modica (Jupiter, Fla.)/Forbes Barber (Manchester By-the-Sea, Mass.)470 Women (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy)1. Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.)/Sarah Mergenthaler (Harvey Cedars, N.J.)2. Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.)/Alice Manard (New Orleans)3. Carisa Harris (San Carlos, Calif.)/Isabelle Kinsolving (New York)4. Caroline Young (Tampa, Fla.)/Evan Brown (Tampa, Fla.)5. Allison Jolly (St. Petersburg, Fla.)/Molly O’Bryan (San Diego)Finn (Heavyweight Dinghy)1. Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)2. Darrell Peck (Gresham, Ore.)3. Geoffrey Ewenson (Annapolis, Md.)4. Andrew Kern (Chicago)5. Bradley Nieuwstad (Santa Cruz, Calif.)Laser (Men’s One Person Dinghy)1. Andrew Campbell (San Diego)2. Brad Funk (Clearwater, Fla.)3. Royce Weber (Surf City, N.J.) 4. Kyle Rogachenko (Worcester, Pa.) 5. John Pearce (Ithaca, N.Y.)Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy)1. Anna Tunnicliffe (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)2. Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)3. Danielle Brennan Myrdal (Kaneohe, Hawaii)4. Genoa Griffin (Tampa, Fla.)5. Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)Neil Pryde RS:X Men (Men’s Windsurfer)1. Ben Barger (St. Petersburg, Fla.)2. Seth Besse (Guilford, Conn.)3. Steve Bodner (San Francisco)4. Bob Willis (Chicago)5. Mark Powell (Coconut Grove, Fla.)Neil Pryde RS:X Women (Women’s Windsurfer)1. Nancy Rios (Cocoa, Fla.)2. Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)3. Karen Marriott (Lakewood, Colo.)4. Angela Hurley (Wheat Ridge, Colo.)5. Lisa Kremer (Worthington, Minn.)Star (Men’s Keelboat)1. Andy Horton (Newport, R.I.)/Brad Nichol (Hanover, N.H.)2. George Szabo (San Diego)/Eric Monroe (Corona Del Mar, Calif.)3. Mark Reynolds (San Diego)/Hal Haenel (Los Angeles)4. Rick Merriman (San Diego)/Rick Peters (Venice Beach, Calif.) 5. Andy MacDonald (Laguna Beach, Calif.)/Brian Fatih (Miami)Tornado (Multihull)1. John Lovell (New Orleans)/Charlie Ogletree (Kemah, TX)2. Robbie Daniel (Clearwater, Fla.)/Enrique Rodriguez (Key Largo, Fla.)3. Don Thinschmidt (Holland, Mich.)/Andrew Wierda (Miami)3. Michael Grandfield (Oak Bluffs, Mass.)/Michael Kuschner (Coon Rapids, Minn.) 4. Norman Chum (Houston)/Gary Chu (Racine, Wis.) 5. Martin Malcheski (Little Suamico, Wis.)/Benjamin Malcheski (Little Suamico, Wis.)Due to a competitor-generated dispute, six teams have been named to the US Sailing Team in the Tornado ClassYngling (Women’s Keelboat)1. Sally Barkow (Chenequa, Wis.)/Deb Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.)/Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.)2. Hannah Swett (New York)/Melissa Purdy (Tiburon, Calif.)/Liz Filter (Stevensville, Md.) 3. Carol Cronin (Jamestown, R.I.)/Kim Couranz (Annapolis, Md.)/Margaret Podlich (Annapolis, Md.)4. No qualified team5. No qualified teamThe 2006 U.S. Sailing Team is coached by High Performance Director and Head Coach Gary Bodie (Hampton, Va.), and Olympic Coaches Luther Carpenter (Laporte, TX) and Skip Whyte (Wickford, R.I.). Sponsors of the 2006 US Sailing Team are Rolex Watch U.S.A., Vanguard Sailboats, Nautica, Gill, Zodiac of North America, Vineyard Vines, Sperry Top-Sider, Nikon, Harken, Extrasport, New England Ropes, and Team McLube. For more information on the 2006 U.S. Sailing Team and ranking system, please visit www.ussailing.org/olympics/usst.htm.