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This Article Last Updated: Oct 14th, 2010 - 15:13:49 

US SAILING Names Mark Ivey 2009 National Coach of the Year
By Lynn Fitzpatrick, WorldRegattas.com
Dec 16, 2009, 20:00

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Mark Ivey has coached several Olympic class sailors to achieve remarkable results this year at elite international events, including International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup events and an Olympic class world championship.

At the 2009 Star World Championship in Varberg, Sweden, Ivey coached US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and Rick Peters (Venice, Calif.), who won a gold medal, as well as three other teams who finished in the top 15. Szabo and Peters climbed their way to the top of the fleet, after finishing 54th out of 86 boats in the first race, to become the new Star World Champions.

Ivey also coached Star sailors Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Mark Strube (West Palm Beach, Fla.), who won a gold medal at Kiel Week in Kiel, Germany. As an elite, sought-after coach for several Olympic classes, Ivey is known for facilitating multiple American teams to work together in order to ultimately beat top international competition. At many of these events, he pushed sailors to work together in a team-like atmosphere to share local weather, wind and current data and simulate race techniques. He also implemented a disciplined pre-race schedule, including an open discussion for the top sailors to analyze conditions and competition.

“Mark did an exceptional job to re-focus sailors’ daily efforts on the small things that make a big difference overall,” said Szabo. “Simple things like: getting out to the race course early, reviewing weather and clouds before races, and helping us find better ways to get off the starting line. When added together, the details added up to make a big difference.”

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