A year ago when RedBull announced their sponsorship of the Youth America’s Cup, we started planning for this day. We started with good sailing resume’s but little else. Today we stand at the brink of competing in the RedBull Youth America’s cup representing Oracle Team USA and the City of San Francisco.
I can’t begin to describe the emotions running through all of us in the American Youth Sailing Force as we waited for the results of the tryouts. We knew going into them two weeks ago that it was a “win or go home” competition. So now that we have our spot in the regatta assured, the most important question is what’s next for the AYSF? Two big words, Training and Fundraising.
Over the past five months we’ve done a lot of cross training in big fast catamarans to develop some basic boat handling skills. Now that we know we’ll be competing, we can focus on training both on and off the water. We’ve seen the level of physical fitness we need if we want be the strongest team come September 1st. We’ve also seen how much there is to learn about team mechanics and crew positions on the AC45 boats.
Having the support of Oracle Team USA allows us to access to all their accumulated knowledge about how to get the most out of sailing the AC45s. Their two boat training program gives us jumpstart on what it takes to race them competitively.
At the same time we are in the gym and on the boats, we will be moving forward on raising the funding our program needs. While we have received support from both sponsors and donors that got our campaign to this point, we are now kicking things into high gear. We have plans to hold fundraising events both in the Bay Area and Seattle.
Because our team has partnered with a non-profit foundation, we are able to accept tax-deductible donations. You can find out more about how you can help us at www.americanyouthsailingforce.com
I want to wholeheartedly thank everyone who has helped support AYSF to this point. The success of this team cannot be solely placed just on the sailors. The guidance and backing from numerous people and businesses are the true backbone of this team and we hope to only keep growing on that.
So keep following along for now as the team takes the next big step forward and stay tuned for more exciting news as we pave the way towards the 2013 RedBull Youth America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay.