Twelve teams of the world’s top youth sailors have been chosen to compete in the second Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, held in Bermuda in June 2017. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is a proven pathway to the America’s Cup, representing the opportunity of a lifetime for these young sailors.
The Next Generation USA Team was selected this January to represent the United States at this premier event for Youth Sailing. Six athletes represent the team and each of them have shown great promise as athletes in the sport of sailing.
OPEX Fitness will help each of these athletes reach their potential for the RBYAC happening this June in Bermuda.
Each of the athletes have a unique journey that they will embark on to reach their goals and potential in their respective positions on the team. On the AC45F, the athletes must be strong but also have a tremendous aerobic capacity. They must be agile and have great stability and strength of their shoulders and hips to effectively transfer power through the maneuvers. They also must be mentally sharp, with such a physically demanding boat nutrition is going to be key. Remote Coach Mike Kuschner has spent the last week having individual consults with each of the team members to gain base line assessments of their movement, strength, aerobic capacity, nutrition, and lifestyle habits.
It is not often in our life that we are blessed with an opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in our goal. These six athletes will have a unique opportunity by taking every measure to become the best athletes’ they can be in order to give their best against 11 other teams at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Meet the team here and follow their journey towards the RBYAC with OPEX Fitness
Helmsmen: Carson Crain
Target Weight: 150-153#
Bio: 2016 Olympic Campaign in the Men’s RS:X. Experience in Laser, Foiling Kiteboard, and Multihull classes. Completing studies in Sports Management and Medicine at Rice University.
Tactician: Reed Baldridge
Target Weight: 155#
Bio: College Match Race Champion. Experience in Team Racing, Laser, Moth, and Multihull classes. US Waszp Class President. Graduate of College of Charleston with a degree in Public Health
Wing Trimmer: Matthew Whitehead
Target Weight: 190#
Bio: Four-time F-18 Youth World Champion. 2016 Olympic Campaign in the Nacra-17. Wing Trimmer in the 2013 Youth Americas Cup. Graduate of University of South Florida with a degree in Economics.
Soft Sail Trimmer: Scott Ewing
Target Weight: 185#
Bio: 2016 U.S. 49er National Champion. Redbull Foiling Generation Athlete. Experience in the Moth and Flying Phantom classes. Completing studies in Environmental Science at University of South Florida.
Grinder: Preston Farrow
Target Weight: 190#
Bio: Experienced Nacra-17 sailor and Bermuda resident. Completing studies in Finance at Loyola University of Maryland.
Foil Trimmer: Markus Edegran
Target Weight: 170#
Bio: Accomplished College Sailing career in Singlehandeds, Doublehandeds, and Team Racing. Experience in the 49er, Foiling Kiteboard, and M32 classes. Graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (Magna Cum Laude) with a degree in Economics.
Please welcome these athletes into the OPEX Tribe and Sailing Performance Training community.