In FY16, Maryland Sports touched 317 events generating $176,641,000 in direct spending. But this is only the beginning and we are working to make the coming years bigger and better than ever.
Terry Hasseltine, the Executive Director of Maryland Sports stressed the importance of the video to highlight Maryland as a world-class sports destination. “The video highlights the continued focus of Maryland Sports to promote Maryland as a sports destination and to highlight the strategic alliances we have created in order to achieve that goal. At the same time, emphasizing the importance of the sports tourism industry in the State of Maryland.”
For the US Sailing Team, the Paralympics are off to a strong start. In the 2.4mR, Dee Smith is currently in third overall, with a 7 and 1 on his scorecard. “In the first race, I didn’t get off the line very well, and I got ‘pinged’ a couple times, with too many tacks on the first beat,” says Smith in a team statement. “The second race was very clean. I won the start, and it was a two-way battle with Helena [Lucas] from Great Britain for the next couple of legs.” Smith maintained his lead all the way through the start to take a bullet in race two. It’s early days yet, but Smith predicts he will know by midweek if he has a medal chance in this highly competitive class. “I’ve been sailing here for more than 23 years,” he says. “I did a couple of Cape Town to Rio races and a Volvo [stop] here, so I feel comfortable in Rio and I like it.”
via 2016 Paralympic Sailing: Team USA Starts Strong | Sailing World
With cold temperatures predicted to stay at least five more weeks here in Maryland, the Annapolis Yacht Club sets sail to carry on the second half of their 2014-2015 Frostbite Series. Frostbite racing, or Frostbiting, is another term for sailing in the winter and as “America’s Sailing Capital”, sailing enthusiasts are not about to let a little cold weather keep them from their boats. Local sailing aficionados at the Annapolis Yacht Club have been producing numerous sailing events to help grow the sport since its’ inception in 1866 as the Severn Boat Club, located in a small-one story frame shack on an oyster pile. In the late 1930’s to early 40’s the Boat Club was changed into what is now known as the Annapolis Yacht Club. In following years, around the early 1960’s, the creation of the Frostbite series was implemented by Club.
This Month there are many events taking place in the state of Maryland, however there are some key events that everyone should have their eye on. The USA Sailing Junior Olympics Sailing Festival taking place in Annapolis is one of those significant events. The event took place July 5-8th at Annapolis Yacht Club & Severn SS, Annapolis, MD. Hundreds of young athletes ages 6-21 will gather to learn everything they need about sailing from the fundamentals to all the way to preparing them to become Olympic hopefuls. This is an exciting event taking place that represents the presence of US Sailing and the USOC in an Olympic year.
The opening ceremonies involved all of the participating athletes marching across the Compromise Street Bridge from the “Olympic Village” to the National Sailing Hall of Fame at City Dock and raising the Olympic Flag signifying the start of the races. The President of US Sailing, Gary Jobson as well as Dick Franyo, President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame were present during the opening ceremonies.
One of the great things this event has going on is the fact that they truly care about affecting the eco system. This event will also have a green component to it, a program called Sailors for the Sea, and educational program that allow everyone involved with sailing to understand how to become ocean stewards and learn about ocean health. Culligan provided a water pump system for all athletes to fill up their water bottles at this event and BMW was the title sponsor for this event.
For more pictures of the event, check out this link!
To register for the USA Sailing Junior Olympics go to www.membership.ussailing.org.