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!
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.
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.
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.”