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Our Team

Team America consists of dedicated youth sailors at the top of their sport who all share the same goal: to win the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

John Wallace

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida DOB: 1/02/92 Home Yacht Club: St. Pete Yacht Club

Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida John has been in and around the water his whole life. Outside of sailing he enjoys fishing, surfing, kite boarding, and pretty much anything else that involves getting out on the water.

Learning to sail at age eight, John began competing with the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Sailing Team in the Optimist dinghy. By the time he was twelve John was on his way to his first international regatta in Lake Garda, Italy. After a couple more years of Optimist sailing as a member the U.S. National Team John decided to move on to lasers shortly after turning fourteen.

John had success early in the laser radial placing 14th at the Youth Laser Radial Worlds in 2008 and becoming a member of the U.S. Sailing Olympic Development Team in 2009. As a member of the Development Team, John traveled to many international regattas around the world including multiple European and World championships. Moving into the laser full rig John won the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta and the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship among other events.

John is now a junior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he is an Economics major and competes on the varsity sailing team. As a freshman, John took an interest in match racing and was a member of the four-person team placing second in the 2010 ICSA Match Race National Championship. This past year, as a sophomore, John was a member of the team race team placing second in the 2012 ICSA Team Race National Championship.

In the AC45 John looks forward to a new challenge and huge opportunity to learn from the Oracle team.

Sailing Achievements:

  • 1st Place 2010 US Youth Sailing Championship Laser Full Rig
  • 2nd Place 2010 ICSA Match Race National Championship
  • 2nd Place 2012 ICSA Team Race National Championship

Graham Landy

Hometown:Norfolk, Virginia DOB:1/30/1993 Favorite Boat Sailed: Farr 400

Having grown up on the lower Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Virginia, Graham Landy began sailing at the age of eight at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.  He quickly developed a high level of interest in the sport and by age twelve was competing in fleet and team racing in the Optimist dinghy at the international level.   Three years of high school sailing on the varsity level at The Hotchkiss School helped Graham hone his skills and while finishing at the top of regional and national events.

Graham devoted considerable time and effort outside school to improve his doubled-handed sailing performance.  His accomplishments were considerable, obtaining first place awards in the Club 420 at the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, US Youth Sailing Championship, and Buzzards Bay Regatta, and finishing second in the North American Championship.   Transitioning to the International 420 Graham won the North American Championship and earned second at the ISAF Youth World Qualifier.

A sophomore at Yale University, Graham has found success in college sailing; as a freshman, he won B division at the 2012 ICSA Coed National Championship and earned the recognition as an ICSA All-American skipper.

He acknowledges a large debt of gratitude to several extraordinary coaches and teammates.  Graham looks forward to working hard in the months to come and to finding success with his fellow Team America sailors in the catamaran.

Off the water, he has pursued a range of interests over the years. A varsity wrestler in high school, Graham has always enjoyed physical activities.  He is an avid runner and has spent a large amount of time hiking in the wilderness of Colorado and Utah.   Some of Graham’s hobbies include playing golf, cooking, and fishing.  He enjoys the rigorous academic environment at Yale and plans to major in history.

Sailing Achievements:

  • 1st Place 2009 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta-Club 420 Helm
  • 1st Place 2010 US Sailing Youth Championship-Club 420 Helm
  • 1st Place 2010 International 420 North American Championship-Helm
  • 1st Place B Division 2012 ICSA National Championship-Helm
  • 2nd Place 2012 ICSA Match Race Championship-J22 Tactician