US Sailing debuts bracket-style voting contest


You could call it the March Madness of sailing.

US Sailing is launching a game for sailing fans to pick the “Greatest American Sailor.”

Fans who register to vote will receive a chance to win a grand prize that includes the ultimate America’s Cup experience in San Francisco, an invitation to US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Luncheon in New York and another special grand prize that will be revealed to registered participants.

Weekly prizes also will be awarded.

US Sailing and a panel of sailing journalists compiled a list of 64 American sailing living legends and built a tournament-style bracket, similar to the NCAA’s March Madness format.

The sailor who receives the most votes per matchup advances to the next round. Each round of voting will run for a week, Monday through Sunday. Results will be finalized every Monday at noon Eastern time. Voting begins June 4 and will continue every week until the champion is crowned on July 16.

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