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.


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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)

Kevin and Oliver Named College All Americans

The 2012 ICSA Fleet Racing Nationals finished up on June 8th.  Kevin and Oliver competed for Stanford University and Judge sailed for Brown University.  The event was dominated by light winds.  Results for the event can be found here: http://2012nationals.collegesailing.org/coed-results/.  At the end of the event the 2012 ICSA College Sailing All Americans were named.  This is one of the highest honors within college sailing.  Oliver and Kevin were two of only thirteen sailors to receive the honor. http://www.gostanford.com/sports/c-sail/spec-rel/060912aaa.html  Congrats Boys!! It looks like Team QFTC has made their mark on the college sailing scene.

Featured Sailor Of The Week: Willie McBride

Willie spent the first three years of his life living on a boat in the Santa Barbara harbor, and started racing with the Santa Barbara Sea Shell Association when he was 10 years old.  Check out the videos below to meet Willie!

Willie was recently featured by Nautica’s Ocean2Ocean program for coaching sailing check it out:

In the summer of 2011, Willie competed in the 29er German National Championship, and the 29er European Championship in Switzerland finishing 5th of over 150 teams.  Check out his trip to the venue:

The Youth America’s Cup will require a tremendous amount of practice on the water, but also a lot of time in the gym.  To cross-train, Willie kick boxes regularly.  He is a black belt in Karazenpo Karate, and will begin training in Brazilian Jujitsu this summer.

During the summer after his freshman year of college, Willie sailed with Olympian Stu McNay at the 470 Europeans as well as 2 ISAF World Cup events to fill in for Stu’s crew Graham Biehl who was out with an injury.  Willie considers this trip one of the most influential sailing experiences of his life, and came home with a renewed desire to be one of the elite competitors in the sport.

Sailing Resume Highlights:
1st at 2012 Bacardi Cup (Melges 20)
5th at 2011 29er European Championship
15th at 2010 I420 World Championship
11th at 2009 Kieler Woche (470)
1st at 2009 C420 Midwinter Championship
6th at 2007 ISAF Youth World Championship (29er)