Young American Sailing Academy had 15 sailors ages 17-23, plus four coaches racing on Foundation boat, Gambler, an R/P 63, in the 638-mile Newport to Bermuda Race.
While offshore, they sailed into a high pressure system slowing them down, but managed to gain on Merlin before the finish, winning their division. They learned a lot, discovered how to race a mini maxi, and had a great time! There was even more training for the YASA team on the delivery home.
Gambler is a recent donation to USMMA Sailing Foundation and will provide a larger and more advanced racing platform for the YASA sailors. “We are thrilled to be providing Gambler to this accomplished race team of young offshore sailors,” said Ralf Steitz, President of the Foundation. “Putting high performance boats and equipment in the hands of young sailors is the way to advance the next generation of US sailors in the sport of offshore ocean racing.”