Nov 29, 2012

Youth AC: Oracle selects two US teams

All Photos sent by Jeremy Leonard/Sail Revolution

This AC Youth Program is getting out of balance from the initial proposal for youths to invest time and money on a possible bid. Monthly changes are a standard now on the requisites asked for the non seeded teams,  more requirements are in place now like a mandatory training in a 30-40 foot cats previous the selection trials.

I think that item could be easily achieved if the organization gives the opportunity to the youth teams to hire the RB AC45 as an alternative for ie. As these teams will need to spend money either way to fulfill the request of having previous experience on bigger cats.

For the US Teams, great opportunity to train with Bundock, great experience for all the kids involved. The Multihull fever will catch on those not racing cats previously for sure.
Full report at

"...Six crews entered the team selection trials, which included two-day training sessions at the ORACLE TEAM USA base in San Francisco. The trials featured physical training and instruction both on and off the water, and the teams sailed onboard an AC45 for the first time under the supervision of ORACLE TEAM USA sailors – the same class of wingsail catamarans raced in the America’s Cup World Series.
“It’s a massive stepping stone toward getting involved with the America’s Cup,” said ORACLE TEAM USA coach Darren Bundock. “We were looking for a variety of things – mainly potential – and finding those teams that gelled together and that we think can go forward and win the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.”

Name, Age, Hometown, University
Charlie Buckingham, 23, Newport Beach, Calif., Georgetown University (graduated)
Jacob La Dow, 19, San Diego, Calif., St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Graham Landy, 19, Virginia Beach, Va., Yale University
Jake Reynolds, 19, San Diego, Calif., College of Charleston
Nevin Snow, 19, San Diego, Calif., Georgetown University
John Wallace, 20, St. Petersburg, Fla., St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Matthew Whitehead, 19, Tampa, Fla., University of South Florida

Name, Age, Hometown, University
Ian Andrewes, 22, Seattle, Wash., Pacific Maritime Institute (graduated)
David Liebenberg, 21, San Francisco, Calif., Tufts University
Michael Menninger, 23, Newport Beach, Calif., St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Tomas Pastalka, 22, Tiburon, Calif., UC Santa Cruz
Matt Pistay, 22, Zenda, Wis.
Michael Radziejowski, 21, Alameda, Calif., UC Santa Cruz
Evan Sjostedt, 19, Long Beach, Calif., Seattle University

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