In keeping with its mission of building an all-American team, Stars + Stripes Team USA, challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, has unveiled an open application process for sailors interested in applying for positions both aboard its boats and onshore. Click here, to access the team’s online application form.
“Our goal is to modernize the typical America’s Cup sailing team selection process, and we couldn’t be more excited to roll-out this initiative,” said Mike Buckley, co-founder and skipper of Stars + Stripes Team USA.
“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,” Buckley added. “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.”
Stars + Stripes Team USA will offer two paths for athletes wanting to join the sailing roster.
The first of these paths will be an open combine tour across a broad cross-section of sports to review American athletes wanting to participate in the America’s Cup; similar to the way other professional sports teams recruit for their teams.
The second path will be foiling camps for American sailing talent that will be held in Long Beach using the team’s GC32 tryout platform.
“We are excited to be using both formats which will give American athletes multiple routes to try out for the team,” said Buckley. “In January we already held the first of our foiling camps with several potential athletes and it proved itself to be a strong model.”
For more on Stars + Stripes recruitment efforts as well as the overall state of the campaign, click here.