Mariners Sailing Coach Qualifies for Third Paralympics
CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy's sailing coach, Tom Brown of Castine, Maine, qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England. Brown is one of six sailors that earned spots on the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team at Friday's Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Biscayne Bay.
The 2012 games will be the third for the two-time medalist. Brown earned a bronze medal at the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia, and a silver medal in the 2004 games in Athens, Greece.
Brown, alongside Bradley Johnson of Pompano Beach Fla., and under skipper, Paul Callahan of Coral Beach, Fla. will represent the U.S. in the Sonar class at the 2012 games. The Sonar is a seven-meter, one-design keelboat for three to five people. The Sonar showcased disabled sailing at the 1996 Paralympics, where the sport was a demonstration event utilizing only the Sonar.