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Sam Greenfield continues to bring us inside the American Youth Sailing Force’s Youth AC team with the video above.  Check it out, and then have a look at Force fan Lisa Gentile’s excellent take on the young team below.  Then go give them some much-needed sandwich and fuel money, and while you’re at it, follow their Instagram and Facebook pages.  If there was ever an American AC team to throw your support behind, this is it.

Listen up. Friends of mine have been telling me about this amazing group of young adults for months. Yesterday I met them and I was impressed every which way to Sunday. Help me support the guys of the American Youth Sailing Force. Here’s why:
In their 20s, they are well spoken, thoughtful, sincere, and light-hearted. They don’t interrupt conversations to text. They make and hold eye-contact. They are engaging whether they speak one-to-one or address a full banquet crowd.They speak about the value of experiences that may change a person’s outlook on life. They speak about what it means to be introduced to a sport that requires community, respect for nature, risk, fitness, technical responsibilities, overcoming frustration, and attitude management. They speak about charting a new pathway to a career that is generally closed to newcomers. They also talk about surfing.They are a self-organized, self-trained, self-managed, and self-funded team competing in the first ever America’s Cup youth race. They do have a volunteer shore crew helping them with logistics. But what they’ve accomplished in terms of building and maintaining a team is truly nothing short of phenomenal.They have minimal, nearly nil, funding. For 8 months most of them have been living/camping in an office, training every day, and teaching local kids to sail on their “days off.” For a while they had access to Oracle’s facility at Pier 80 in SF. But the resident old guard sailors decided they were a “distraction” and shooed them away. Of all the teams in the youth division, our U.S. team is the least funded.

At the moment their most stressful financial pressures are 1) a $300/per day fuel bill for their chase boat and 2) food. The 9 of them consume 60 eggs every day. That’s just the eggs. Last night I offered to donate eggs but that got me some weird looks. So help me help them the right way.

Their Red Bull Youth Race begins September 1. Please send fuel/food money now for the final push. Why? Because the next generation does have distinct potential for leadership. How will we respond to that fact?

 

August 21st, 2013

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