American Challenger announces active coed recruitment
In keeping to its mission of building an all-American team, Stars + Stripes Team USA, challenger for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, announced an open application process for athletes and professionals applying for positions on the team’s sailing roster and on-shore roles.
“Our goal is to modernise 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.”
“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.