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Menninger is from Newport Beach in California and grew up sailing Sabots before moving into CFJ’s, 420′s and Lasers. He made a name for himself in college sailing, winning two national titles while at St Mary’s in Maryland, before moving on to 49er sailing after graduating in 2011.

The American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) greeted twelve international youth teams vying for four spots in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (RBYAC) in last month’s trials (Pier 39, March 15 2013)

Racing started Wednesday for several international youth sailing teams in San Francisco this week to vie for a spot in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup later this year. (CBS Bay Area, February 13 2013)

The American Youth Sailing Force (AYSF), has taken over regular maintenance of two AC45 yachts for use in the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup (RBYAC) International Selection Series. This Selection Series determines which four international youth teams will compete in the RBYAC September 1-4 prior to the America’s Cup. The two-part trials take place February 9-15 and February 18-24. The last three days of each Series include direct head-to-head competition between rivals. (Farr 400 Website, February 10 2013)

For the first time in the long history of America’s Cup competition, a pathway has been created to groom young potential crew, aged 19 to 24, for future AC contests.(Latitude 38, February 2013)

JUST PUSHING the Oracle Racing AC45 out of the shed for the first time was the moment it clicked for Tommy Pastalka. The 22-year-old had been selected to race in the first Red Bull America’s Cup Youth Series and it was at this minute that he had to pinch himself. (Marin Independent Journal, January 27 2013)

The American Youth Sailing Force (AYSF), representing the City of San Francisco in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (RBYAC), is determined to beat Team America and the ten competing international youth teams this September. (BYM Sailing & Sports News, January 11 2013)

Thanksgiving week was tough, but the holidays will be sweet for three young Bay Area sailors who survived grueling tryouts in November to become San Francisco’s entry in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September. (San Francisco Chronicle, December 7 2012)

On Wednesday ClarkSail caught up with Mikey Radziejowski of the American Youth Sailing Force, who were just selected by Oracle Team USA to represent San Francisco Bay in the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. (ClarkSail, December 5 2012)

Newport Beach natives are on teams that have been named to train for Youth America’s Cup. (Daily Pilot, November 30, 2012)

Before the 34th America’s Cup gets underway, crews of youth sailors will have their chance in the spotlight. Today, Oracle Team USA announced two American teams selected to train for the event. Team America Racing will represent the USA, and American Youth Sailing Force (AYSF) will represent San Francisco. Both will now spend the next nine months training for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup under the tutelage of Oracle Team USA. (, November 28, 2012)

A couple hours after he touched a wing for the first time, Evan Sjostedt was trimming on an AC45 and hitting 26 knots downwind. (Sailing World, October 2012)


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