NEW WEBSITE

Hi everyone,
In the next few weeks we’re going to be hitting the water in Catamarans in a big way, and we want to take you along for the ride by sharing videos, photos and more from our sailing.  To provide a better window to the action, we’ve created a new site at www.teamqftc.com that we think will help you feel like you’re on the water with us!  The site is still under development, so bear with us while we work out the kinks, but check it out for all of the lastest updates.
Best,
Quest For The Cup team

Featured Sailor of the Week: Mac Agnese

As soon as he could walk, Mac began to show signs of the athlete he would become. Before moving to Argentina at the age of five, he was already participating in several sports, including swimming and soccer. During his three years in Argentina, Mac continued to develop as an athlete. In the same club where his father grew up sailing, he started his career as a sailor, while actively competing in many others sports as well, such as rugby, soccer, tennis, swimming, and taekwondo.

In 2002, his family relocated to Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he made the decision to dedicate his time to sailing. He joined the Lauderdale Yacht Club sailing program and since then has been traveling all over the country and the world representing both the USA and LYC in many different disciplines. As cross training, Mac has continued to swim, play soccer, and do other activities, such as skating, skurfing, and cross fit. Click to watch a video of Mac: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-lOKksnxms&list=HL1342714636&feature=mh_lolz

This past year, Mac spent much of his time coaching 29ers and competing in high school sailing. He also graduated from Fort Lauderdale High and will be studying Physics at Boston College in the fall.

Sailing Resume Highlights:

1st 2005 Corum Melges 24 World Championships

1st 2006 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta(Optimist)

3rd 2010 ISAF Volvo Youth World Championships (Multihull)

1st 2010 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta (C420)

2nd 2011 ISAF Youth World Championships (29er)

Reineke joins the Quest!

Earlier this week Erika Reineke joined the QFTC squad, bumping our World title count to 5, our National title count to 14, and our ISAF Youth World medal count to 5!!  With phenomenal results in the Laser Radial as well as the Melges 32, the Etchells, and many other classes, Erika will make an awesome addition to the team.  Later on this month, Erika will head to London where she is coaching at the 2012 London Olympics!!!  Stay tuned for more updates on her Olympic experience later this month!

Isler Joins The Crew

We’re very excited to announce the latest addition to our team, Marly Isler! Marly might be the first girl on the team, but with international sailing experience in I420s and 29ers, she’s ready to go head to head with the boys. Marly is one of the few sailors in the US who has actually sailed on an AC45!  With JJ Fetter and Peter Isler as parents, the America’s Cup runs in her blood!

Check out her bio here.


Top Sailors In The USA Endorse QFTC: Team USA

In the past few weeks we have reached out to several of our past sailing mentors, and coaches to help us put together the strongest team that the US has to offer, and we have received lots of support!  Check out who we’ve been working with, and what they have to say on our new “Endorsements” page!

Currently four of our mentors are sailing in the Women’s Match Race World Championship in Sweden, with three of them on Team Maclaren having swept the competition so far! Follow Team Maclaren here as they prepare for the Olympics in London and follow mentor, Elizabeth Kratzig’s team here.

Team Maclaren fully supports the Quest For The Cup: Campaign For The Youth America’s Cup. The team has an incredible amount of talent, across a wide spectrum of areas, and all of which will be necessary to achieve their goal – to be the USA team to beat and bring home the trophy. The team, sailors, coaches etc, have a tough road ahead; they have already demonstrated they are capable of hard work. Their work ethic and determination will hold them in good stead as they work together to form the cohesive unit that will make them champions.

          Team Maclaren: Anna Tunnicliffe-Funk (Olympic Gold Medalist, 2008), Molly
          Vandemoer, and Debbie Capozzi

Featured Sailor of the Week: Hans Henken

Hans grew up in a small surf town called San Clemente where he learned to love the water. He spent the majority of his time at the beach either surfing, skim boarding, or body surfing and when there weren’t any waves to catch, you could find him charging down hills on this skateboard. He started sailing at a young age, and by the time he turned 14, he was ready to jump to the next level. He moved to San Diego and from there on, sailed into bigger and better things. His love for the water however stayed the same! Check out this video of Hans cruising around Coronado Island! Cruising Coronado

Since learning to sail Sabots, Hans moved on to the 29er, 49er and the International Moth. He has competed at numerous Moth events since 2009 such as the Worlds in Cascade Locks Oregon where he was named the International Moth Youth World Champion. Check out Hans teaching you how to foil gybe on an International Moth: Foiling Gybe

Hans is currently studying at Stanford University with Oliver Toole and Kevin Laube and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is also enjoying sailing for Stanford’s Varsity Sailing Team.

Sailing Resume Highlights:

3rd at 2011 49er US National Championships
4th at 2011 29er European Championships
1st at 2011 29er German National Championships
1st at 2011 Kieler Woche (29erXX)
1st at 2008 US Youth Championships (29er)
3rd at 2008 ISAF Youth World Championship (29er)