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ORACLE TEAM USA’s Jimmy Spithill is the two-time defending champion skipper of the America’s Cup. He also led Team Falcon on this mission to fly on water from New York to Bermuda.
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“The America’s Cup next year will be tougher and harder-fought and more unpredictable than anything I have ever experienced, and so I wanted to push myself mentally and physically further than I’ve ever gone before. It was exactly what I needed, to really test myself under extreme conditions. It’s only then, when the stress and fatigue levels climb so high and you need to make the right calls as a skipper, that you push yourself and your development. Ultimately, this will help me be a better sailor next year when the America’s Cup is on the line.”
“We went from pushing the boat for performance… into survival mode. These were the biggest waves I’ve faced in a multi-hull and hopefully don’t ever have to experience again.”
A born and bred Bermudian, Emily Nagel started sailing at age 10. Now being mentored by legendary ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, the 22-year rising star competes for Team Bermuda in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which takes place in Bermuda in the summer of 2017.
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On departure, light winds quickly filled into a nearly ideal westerly flow of 15–18 knots. “Foiling out of Manhattan all the way to the Gulf Stream was awesome,” said Spithill. “It really proved this is the way forward in terms of performance and development. If the weather had stayed as forecast, we would have had a very fast trip to Bermuda.”
All photos courtesy of Matt Knighton, Amory Ross and Rob Tringali
In epic adventure to foil from New York to Bermuda,
35-knot winds and waves up to 25 feet hammer
46-foot foiling catamaran on the open ocean.
Jimmy Spithill and Team Falcon Pushed to the Brink
on Mission from New York to Bermuda