The SailGP-AC36 Connection

While the Stars & Stripes America’s Cup 36 Team is actively recruiting American sailors, the team’s helmsman has signed on with SailGP’s American team: Taylor Canfield, a US Virgin Islander who lives in Miami.

Taylor Canfield
Taylor Canfield will sail with the American SailGP team.
© 2019 Matt Knighton / USA SailGP Team

American SailGP Team

Yesterday, the US SailGP Team’s F50 foiling catamaran splashed into the waters of Sydney Harbour in Australia for the first time. The series’ inaugural event is set for Sydney on February 15-16. The team, led by helmsman Rome Kirby, will face off against five other national teams: Australia, China, Great Britain, France and Japan. The team announced yesterday that Taylor Canfield, World Match Racing Tour and Congressional Cup champion, has joined the crew as flight controller/tactician. Canfield has topped the world match-race rankings for three of the past five years.

F50 in Sydney Harbour
The US SailGP F50 went sailing and foiling for the first time yesterday,
© 2019 SailGP

The American crew is the youngest, but Kirby (29), Canfield (30), Dan Morris (31), Mac Agnese (24), Hans Henken (26) and Riley Gibbs (22) count among them multiple world championship wins and numerous America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race campaigns to their credit. Kirby was aboard the Oracle Team USA boat for the AC34 win on San Francisco Bay in 2013. Agnese, Gibbs and Henken hope to quality for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Oracle brand on sail
We notice that Oracle is a sponsor of the team.
© 2019 SailGP

For much more about Taylor Canfield, see our feature profile in the current (Volume 500!) edition of Latitude 38 magazine.

Stars & Stripes Team USA

On Friday, the Long Beach Yacht Club-flagged AC36 team Stars & Stripes announced an open application process for athletes and professionals applying for positions on the team’s sailing roster and shore team. “In the last America’s Cup, the athletes were required to sail the most complex sailboats ever designed while sustaining their max heart rate for more than 20 minutes,” said team co-founder Mike Buckley. “We are anticipating that the physicality of our new AC75 race boat will exceed that and are looking to build the most fit, skilled and inclusive team possible.”

Applicants can go to an online Google Doc form here.

Trimmer handling a line
Extreme athletic prowess and endurance are requirements for onboard crew.
© 2019 Stars & Stripes Team USA

Stars & Stripes will begin its sailing team recruitment with two foiling camps in Long Beach on February 19-28, and March 10-22. Each camp will be designed to push each sailor’s fitness and sailing ability to the maximum.

Foiling cat in Long Beach
America’s Cup 36 will use foiling monohulls, but the LBYC team is practicing their foiling skills on a GC32 cat.
© 2019 Stars & Stripes Team USA

The team is also recruiting shore-based personnel, including engineers, designers and boat builders. The team is already building their first AC75 in Holland, Michigan, at Composite Builders. They are searching for boatbuilding apprentices, students and younger professionals. And the team will need specialists in electronics, software development and hydraulic specialties in the near future.

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