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Jerseyans tagged as Olympic Hopefuls

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

´╗┐Jerseyans tagged as Olympic Hopefuls

Three Jerseyans are among those namedClay Johnson of Toms River in the Olympic Laser class; Scott Whitman of Brick in the Paralympic SKUD 18; and Rick Doerr of Clifton in the Paralympic Sonar.

Following is the US Sailing announcement. (March 16, 2009) US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, is proud to announce the new 2009 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG).

Fueled by elite sailing talent and leadership, the Olympic Sailing Program is building momentum towards the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth/Portland, England.

The new team consists of rising sailing stars as well as many top sailors in the world, including 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey, 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist Maureen McKinnonTucker, 2008 Paralympic Bronze Medalist John Ruf and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Allison Jolly.

Based on results at US Sailing’s 2009 Rolex Miami OCR, US Sailing has selected the top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class for the 2009 USSTAG. Two boats declined to pursue Olympic/Paralympic campaigns, so the Star and SKUD18 classes include the top two boats.

US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics members are consistently ranked the top sailors in the world by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). Anna Tunnicliffe has been ranked number one in the world in the Laser Radial class since April, 2008.

She is also number one in the ISAF Sailing World Cup standings, after winning gold medals at US Sailing’s 2009 Rolex Miami OCR in January and Sail Melbourne in December 2008. USSTAG members Stu McNay and Graham Biehl are also ranked first in the Men’s 470, thanks to a gold medal at Rolex Miami OCR and a silver at Sail Melbourne; Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett are first in the SKUD18 class after setting an event record by winning every race in Miami.

The Olympic Sailing Program is focused on developing a strong, cohesive team and training culture to ensure high performance for the next four years leading up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth/Portland, England.

Goals for 2009 include continuing to support team members and instituting a more collaborative culture of knowledge sharing and joint training. The program also wants to give team members every opportunity to become the very best in their classes and compete at the top international regattas, including the ISAF Sailing World Cup events and Olympic and Paralympic class world championships.

US Sailing provides these top athletes with financial, fundraising, logistical, performance (including coaching and onandoffthewater fitness training) and marketing and communication support.

The USSTAG is proud to be supported by several outstanding sponsors, including the team’s firstever title partner, AlphaGraphics, as well as Gold level partners Rolex Watch USA and Atlantis WeatherGear. The team is also sponsored by Silver partner Sperry TopSider and Bronze partners LaserPerformance, Harken and Team McLube.

Dive Watch Review

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

´╗┐Dive Watch Review

The main thing to remember with dive watches is that they are not substitutes for a dive computer. But a dive watch combined with the analog gauges that come standard on octopus sets can do the same job as a dive computer, and some divers prefer to have a nicelooking item that they can wear on the street. Therefore, aesthetics are an important consideration in a dive watch.

If you intend to use a dive watch’s features underwater, the knobs and buttons need to be easy to handle when they are slippery and you are wearing dive gloves and possibly dealing with nitrogen narcosis. Likewise, the digital readouts and clock hands need to be easy to see in dark and murky waters.

Comparison shop. Dive watches are sold in stores that sell fine watches, dive shops and online. Don’t rule out any options, but always keep extras such as the warranty in mind when comparing price tags. It does little good to buy a $99 used dive watch on eBay if it springs a leak at 60 feet.

It is possible to find some dive watches for less than $100, but quality watches are usually more expensive. One would be hardpressed to find a Seiko dive watch for less than $130, for example. At the top end of the spectrum are Rolex Oyster dive watches that retail at almost $8,000 in 2009.

Some products are marketed as “dive watchcomputers,” but these are essentially dive computers with a little decorative polish. They are more discrete than the typical, bulky dive computer, but look like cheap electronic wrist watches. They have their value but are no substitute for a fine wristwatch.