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Friday Night on Main – Recap

photo (19)Last Friday on Main Street in Tiburon USA45 Racing was featured as the centerpiece of the town’s Friday Nights on Main celebration; these fun-filled evenings occur once a month and the team was fortunate enough to be the star of this month’s show. Our store located at 34 Main Street was crowded the entire night, with fans eager to purchase some of our team gear. USA45 Racing took the stage for an introduction as well as a quick summary of our mission and future plans; the presentation seemed well received by the crowd and we had many fans approach us afterwards wanting to know more. It is always gratifying to be able to spread our story and gain support from locals in Tiburon. (Right: Peter Kinney autographs the arm of a young fan during Friday Nights on Main)

John Wallace, Matthew Whitehead, and I had the opportunity to go Extreme 40 Sailing on Saturday on SmartRecruiters (pictured below). It was great to be back out on the water on a large, high performance catamaran and have the chance to practice crew work and see all of our gym time paying off. Handling the boat was a lot easier with the experience that we have gained in other boats over the past month. One of the highlights of the sail was Oracle Team USA’s AC72 crossing us by about 100 yards while foiling. We were going over 20 knots down wind and Oracle sailed around us as if we were sitting still. Shortly afterwards, the three USA45 sailors were all given some time helming the boat. We would like to thank Jerome Ternynck and Dave Wilhite for letting us sail with them on SmartRectruiters.

photo (20)After a relaxing Sunday, the whole team spent Monday and Tuesday sailing on Peter Stoneberg’s Formula 40 catamaran. Dennis Connor used the boat to train for the 1988 America’s Cup. USA45 Racing was excited to have the opportunity to as a team again and we quickly picked up the boathandling on the Formula 40. We spent Tuesday training on the City Front of San Francisco, the same area as the racecourse for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. It was beneficial to begin picking up on the patterns for wind shifts and current in our race area. We look forward to more training on the boat this Thursday and Friday. Currently we are in our final push for both training and fundraising as USA45 Racing gains nearly unlimited access to our AC45 on August 12. We would like to thank everyone for the continued support of our campaign.

All the best,

Graham