by Ross Tibbits
The American Youth Sailing Force would like to thank all of our friends and family who helped make competing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup a reality. From the first inkling we had to compete in this event, through the last race on September 4, the past 19 months have been an incredible journey. Mikey Radziejowski summed it up saying 'This has been the best time in my life.'
American Youth Sailing Force - San Francisco
We’d also like to thank our Elite sponsors LessEventAdmin.com, Accelerate Sports Performance, Zhik and our yacht club supporters Richmond Yacht Club Foundation and Richmond Yacht Club, St. Francis Sailing Foundation, Golden Gate Yacht Club, Oakland Yacht Club, Berkeley Yacht Club, Tiburon Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
The RBYAC proved to be everything we thought it would be and more. Sailing these amazing AC45 catamarans on our home turf is something we will remember for years to come. It will be a long time before any of us have the opportunity to run a program of this magnitude again and even then it will not be as much fun as we’ve had sailing together in this event.
As frustrating as it was not to be able to compete in a final, double-points race, we are pleased that our team raced against the very best youth sailors in the world and after winning the first race we remained in the top three boats till race seven.
Congratulations to Team New Zealand for their championship. They sailed a remarkable series of races on San Francisco Bay.
We look forward to future sailing opportunities and hope that all our paths cross again soon.
American Youth Sailing Force