America’s Cup: Americanizing the Defender

Published on March 6th, 2014

The America’s Cup defender, Oracle Team USA, took the first step toward the 35th Match by announcing the crew participating in the team’s first training camp of the new America’s Cup cycle.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill will be joined by Australian countrymen Tom Slingsby (tactician/sailing team manager), Kinley Fowler, Kyle Langford, Joey Newton; Americans Andrew Campbell and Rome Kirby; and Kiwi Joe Spooner.

Yes, that’s two Americans.

“I’m excited that we’ve managed to assemble this group,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “Most of the guys were on board for the last America’s Cup, so they’ve been battle-tested and know what to expect. Andrew Campbell joins us as a very talented, motivated, American sailor who has proven he knows how to win in the Olympic classes. I think we have a good combination.”

Campbell, 30, is a 10-time national champion who represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in the Laser class. This will be his first America’s Cup team.

“It’s a thrill to be joining ORACLE TEAM USA,” Campbell said. “The talent level and experience on this crew is second to none. This is a group of guys who have been together through some serious obstacles and they’ve won the ultimate prize in our sport. For me these first days will be about learning the systems, getting some hours in on the boat and spending time with the guys to form those bonds that are so important as a team.”

The sailing team is scheduled to be on the water from March 7-16, training in the AC45, which will include sparring on Sydney Harbour with Team Australia. Philippe Presti will be returning to the team as coach.

Source: Oracle Team USA

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