Jake Reynolds and Jake LaDow talk with San Diego Magazine about sailing for the U.S. in the first ever Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
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San Diego and its yacht clubs are fertile ground for sailing champions, but rarely do they get the chance to join the big leagues as early as Jake La Dow and Jake Reynolds, two 19-year-old San Diego Yacht Club competitors who were recently selected to sail for the U.S. at the first ever Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in August 2013. The two Jakes made it through rigorous testing on windy, unpredictable (and chilly!) San Francisco Bay to earn the honor of representing their country against teams from all over the world. And get this: The crews of six, all aged 19 to 24, will be handling the actual America’s Cup AC45 catamarans. That’s the nautical equivalent of a junior Go-Kart champion being invited to race in a Formula One Grand Prix. With possible top speeds on the water of 35 knots, La Dow and Reynolds will need to hold on for dear life as they sail into history. We talked to them days after they got the big news.