Growing up in Kailua, Hawaii, 22 year old Ian Andrewes was born into a sailing family and has been at it his whole life. His father, a Kiwi sail-maker and offshore racer, started Ian on the path to becoming a sailor and competitor at a very young age. He became involved in junior sailing, and participated in many offshore races with his father. At the same time, he was put to work in his father’s sail-loft to learn the science of sail shape as well as skills in sewing and sail repair. Ian got into skiff sailing at a very early age when his family bought the first 29er in Hawaii. After training by themselves, he and his crew traveled to San Francisco to compete in the 2005 World Championships where they had an excellent event and won their division.
This event prompted Ian’s decision to leave Hawaii, and travel the world to race other boats internationally. He spent the next year moving around Europe sailing mostly 49ers, but also competing in a multitude of other events that helped to broaden his experience in boats like the Europe Dinghy, Laser, Yngling, and J-80 match-racing. Currently, Ian lives on the West Coast, where he races International Moths competitively as well as competing in distance/offshore racing on bigger boats, including performance multi-hulls and Maxi’s. Recently Ian worked for BMW/Oracle (now Oracle Racing) and Core Builders as part of the build team of USA-17 (aka DOGzilla).
Being part of such a well-functioning team taught him a lot about the importance of good management, and the knowledge and ability required in putting together the right group of people that can see such a monumental task as the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup completed on time and to the highest standards. He plans to emulate those traits with this team, and put the American Youth Sailing Force at the fore-front of the competition for this auspicious event.