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Lots at stake in Clearwater at the conclusion of the Florida US Opens next weekend

by US Sailing Team 28 Jan 17:01 PST February 2-5, 2023
2023 US Open Sailing Series © US Sailing

Next weekend wraps the Florida series of the 2023 US Open Sailing Series (which debuted in this iteration in 2021 but builds off the success of popular Olympic Class Regattas (OCRs) prior to 2021).

There's a lot on the line for athletes in Florida as the Clearwater US Open will conclude selection procedures* for:

  • the 2023 Olympic Test Event
    • Only one entry per class per country
    • If USA athletes place on the podium (top 3) at this event they will achieve "early selection" and will be nominated to represent Team USA at the Paris 2024 Olympics
    • If an athlete or team does not place in the top 3 at the 2023 Olympic Test Event, the class will move to "Late Selection" - read more here
  • the 2023 Pan American Games
    • Only one entry per class per qualified country
    • In select classes, serves as country qualifier for the Paris 2024 Games. More details HERE
  • the automatic USA priority entry at the 2023 Sailing World Championships
    • Additional entries will be allotted around mid-March from World Sailing (based on 2022 World Championships results and World Rankings as of December 31, 2022)
    • Serves as country qualifier for the Paris 2024 Games. More details HERE
    • Contributes to the participating athletes' World Rankings

Please note: speaking publicly about the Trials is a sensitive subject as the word "Trials" is a protected property by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Please reach out for assistance on wording if you want to talk about what's ahead. ()

More information on the complete selection procedures for all above events and the Paris 2024 Olympics can be found here:

* 49er FX and Nacra 17 are not using the US Opens as selection events for the above events and will instead use a combination of the Princess Sofia Regatta and French Olympic Week.

General event details:

Clearwater US Open event preview to come early next week to

  • Full title: Clearwater US Open Sailing Series, OR Clearwater US Open
  • Tags: @ussailing @ussailingteam #usopensailing
  • Event website:
  • Results:
  • Race schedule: Thursday February 2 - Sunday February 5
  • Classes: Mixed 470, iQFOiL Men / Women / Youth, Formula Kite Men / Women, ILCA 6, ILCA 7, 49er
  • Prize Money: awarded to top three finishers in all Olympic disciplines (Mixed 470, Formula Kite Men & Women, 49er, iQFOiLMen & Women, ILCA 6 and ILCA 7)
    • First place = $1,000 cash, second place $500, third place $250

Olympians competing:

  • Stu McNay, Mixed 470 (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020, Men's 470)
  • Lara Dallman-Weiss, Mixed 470 (Tokyo 2020, Women's 470)
  • Anna Weis, iQFOiL (Tokyo 2020, Nacra 17)
  • Pedro Pascual, iQFOiL (Rio 2016 & Tokyo 2020, RS:X)

US Sailing Team competing:

  • Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid, 49er
  • Ian Barrows & Hans Henken, 49er
  • Louisa Nordstrom & Trevor Bornarth, 470
  • Daniela Moroz, Women's Formula Kite
  • Markus Edegran, Men's Formula Kite
  • Charlotte Rose, ILCA 6
  • Erika Reineke, ILCA 6

Looking forward to a great weekend of racing, hope you're well where you are!

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