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.

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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)

6th Man

Today we confirmed Mac Agnese as our 6th and final team member and are extremely excited about the experience that he brings to the team particularly in cats!  Mac has been to the ISAF Youth Worlds twice, once in 29ers and once in catamarans, earning a bronze medal on both occasions!  In addition, Mac won the 2005 Melges 24 World Championship as a crew member for current Oracle Racing skipper, Jimmy Spithill.  Mac is from Miami, Florida and will be attending Boston College as a freshman next year.

In total, the current team has claimed 2 World Championship titles, 4 ISAF Youth World bronze medals (3 in 29ers and 1 in catamarans), and 8 National Championship titles.

To learn more about the team, please check out the Meet the Team page.

Quest For The Cup Campaign Ramps Up

As we approach the one week mark after the announcement of the Youth America’s Cup, rumors are beginning to surface about international teams forming, and questions abound, but at this point many of the details are still murky at best.  What we know so far is that sometime in August or September of 2013, 10 AC45s will line up in San Francisco for the honor of winning the first ever Youth America’s Cup.  Although we still don’t know what the selection criteria for teams will be, or even how teams will be chosen, we have spent the last week formulating a strategy aimed at addressing all possibilities so that when the time comes, we are ready to compete at the highest level possible.

Two main uncertainties loom over the planning process; in particular, will we be applying as a team, or will we be applying as individuals; and what will the time commitment look like for individuals.  The Notice of Event provides a few hints including the statement that “Selection of teams will be determined by the ACRM Regatta Director after consultation with each applicant’s Member National Authority” and the follow up direction that “Each team shall be responsible for selection of their crew.”

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Introducing The Youth America’s Cup

Check out this video released today with interviews from many of the top America’s Cup sailors on the future of the America’s Cup:

The Event Notice can be found here.