Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

American Youth Sailing Force training program - Phase 1 concludes

by Ross Tibbits on 17 Jun 2013
AC45 Training ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/
The American Youth Sailing Force (The Force) training program first phase concluded this past weekend with the final two days of AC45 training provided by Oracle Team USA (OTUSA). With OTUSA’s withdrawal of support, the team is on its own for the next phase of training. The Force will be relying exclusively on the SL33 and a new physical fitness program to prepare themselves for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.(San Fransico, California June 17, 2013)

In last weekend’s moderate September-like weather, The Force underwent hours of intensive training on the AC45. 'This past weekend was once again incredible sailing the 45,' said Force member, Cooper Dressler. 'In the breeze, the boat picks up and hauls, akin to a turbocharged engine that purrs like a kitten.' Things can go wrong and he talks about the physicality needed on the boat, 'The AC45 is exceptionally dialed-in and a joy to sail in breeze...as long as you are fit enough to pull its strings.'

Fellow teammate Evan Sjostedt knows that timing on every maneuver is crucial, 'Hoists and douses must be perfect, since being late on a hoist can make or break a bear away. The team treated every lap like a race, and pushed the timing as much as possible to simulate … when there are nine other AC45's on the same course.'

The team has moved beyond how to do the maneuvers. Their focus is on how to do them better and faster. Evan continues, 'We are learning how to push the boat in a race - constantly refining every maneuver, figuring out all the tiny changes to shave seconds off.' Teammate David Liebenberg adds, 'We are trying to iron out the details of all of the maneuvers and how to conserve energy. No one has figured out how to best sail the boats with six people, but we are almost there.'



It was clear by the end of the day on Sunday just how far this team had come since its first encounter with an AC45 last November. They looked sharp and ready to go another round when practice was called for the day.

In this next training phase without OTUSA support, The Force is sailing three days a week on the SL33 catamaran that we’ve chartered for the next two months. It’s the same boat we’ve been alternating with the AC45, but now we’ll be using it to primarily work on two boat tactics with the other US team. The Force is also starting a new physical fitness program now that they won’t have the OTUSA trainers to work with every day. Strength and conditioning is going to be key to muscling these wicked fast catamarans around the course. Take a look at our new video on our exercise program:



The Force is also working hard on raising the money to reach the starting line of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. They are planning fundraisers, engaging in crowd source funding and signing new sponsors. Their next fundraiser is at the Golden Gate Yacht Club on June 21. Cooper is excited about making contact with team supporters and he hopes that, 'aside from gaining support for our team, we can raise more excitement among the Bay Area sailing community for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.'

Beyond the ever-important fundraising, The Force is moving ahead with their summer outreach program that includes educational efforts at the Treasure Island Sailing Center and the National Maritime Historic Park's Hyde St. Pier. Cooper says, 'Outreach is highly important to our team, and although we are training and striving to win this competition, we refuse to lose sight of how important it is to pass on the stoke of sailing to younger generations as well as those who don't have the means to get out on the water themselves.'

Kilwell - 1InSunSport - NZWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Day 3 of J/70 European Championship have a big effect on points table
No fewer than 38 disqualifications because of OCS were reported in the list of 91 teams, who started in the sixth race. In the first race for the Blue fleet over 30 boats were disqualified due to an early start. And several crews were subsequently judge OCS in other races. But staying clear of trouble Claudia Rossi (Italy) and her professional team continued their winning ways.
Posted today at 7:50 pm
Celebrating final moments of spectacular week at Newport Bermuda Race
Of the 185 boats registered, 133 boats set out expecting to be sorely tested by difficult conditions in the Gulf stream Of the 185 boats officially registered to race, 133 boats set out expecting to be sorely tested by difficult conditions in the 635-mile Gulf stream crossing. Forecasters were wrong. 122 finished with just ten dropouts coming from equipment failures or just drifting conditions.
Posted today at 7:36 pm
49er World Champions clinch Kieler Woche title with day to spare
Burling and Tuke stepped up a gear today in difficult gusty, puffy conditions and were visibly better around the courses Burling and Tuke stepped up a gear today in difficult gusty, puffy conditions and were visibly better around the courses, taking three race wins in a row to give themselves a margin of 26pts going into Sunday’s Medal race. They extend their tally of major regatta wins to 27.
Posted today at 7:24 pm
Heart rates soar as Oman Air raises the bar at Extreme Sailing Series
Morgan Larson’s crew enjoyed an impressive and unbeatable run of form late afternoon to boost their total points. Morgan Larson’s crew enjoyed an impressive and unbeatable run of form late afternoon to boost their total points for the day by 73, giving them a 17-point cushion over second placed SAP Extreme Sailing Team with one day of racing remaining.
Posted today at 7:08 pm
2016 RORC IRC Nationals – Some great shots by Richard Langdon
On board for the regatta: Lloyd Thornburg, Nick Rogers, Miles Seddon, Anders Thomsen, Stuart Bithell and Liam Gardner. Day two action with Lloyd Thornburg’s Farr 280 - FOMO. On board for the regatta: Lloyd Thornburg, Nick Rogers, Miles Seddon, Anders Thomsen, Stuart Bithell and Liam Gardner.
Posted today at 5:34 pm
Chicago Match Racing season kicks off with the Summer Invitational
Chicago Match Race and CYC have joined forces this season, and so far the partnership has produced enormous enthusiasm This event will feature a strong field of competitors, including ten teams from four different countries with a majority of skippers ranking in the top 50 world rankings.
Posted today at 5:03 pm
Could blistering progress slow as fleet prepares to head north
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It has been another fantastic day’s progress in the North Atlantic. It has been another fantastic day’s progress in the North Atlantic. 30 knots of wind from the south-southwest, sun, and current has seen teams blast reaching and reporting record runs of approximately 300NM VMG in the past 24 hours, but that could end today as teams approach the edge of the Ice Box and prepare to head north into the light winds of the Azores High.
Posted today at 11:15 am
Two international teams added to Newport Bermuda Race
The Newport Bermuda Race’s international race course has long attracted sailors and boats from many countries. The Newport Bermuda Race’s international race course has long attracted sailors and boats from many countries. The 185-boat entry list in early June included sailors from 23 countries and 21 boats with non-US sail numbers. Fifty-five of the crews included sailors from outside the USA.
Posted today at 10:38 am
Clouds part for Day 1 of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week
Like parting of Red Sea, overcast skies opened just long enough for Ullman Sails LBRW to pull off the first two races 2016 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - Like the parting of the Red Sea, the overcast skies opened just long enough for Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week (LBRW) to pull off the first two races of the annual three-day event. With the sun came the breeze: a modest six to 10 knots, but enough for lively and competitive racing.
Posted today at 10:13 am
RORC IRC Nationals - Round two FAST40+ Race Circuit - Day 1
Girls on Film showed guile and skill to come out on top for Second Round of FAST40+ Circuit, held at RORC IRC Nationals. 2016 RORC IRC National Championship - Girls on Film showed guile and skill to come out on top for the Second Round of the FAST40+ Circuit, held at the RORC IRC National Championship. Invictus showed impressive downwind speed to lead the class after three races but a problem in the last race cost Invictus the overnight lead. Seven of the eleven Fast40+ fleet made the podium on the first day.
Posted today at 6:36 am