For the first time in American history, there is a clear pathway to the America’s Cup! Staying true to our goal of building American leaders through sailing, we are proud to announce that Oakcliff has partnered with Bella Mente Quantum Racing, the only announced American campaign for the 36th America’s Cup, to create an unprecedented talent development program to fill positions on the team.
Oakcliff will train, evaluate and provide qualified graduates with the opportunity to interview for a position with BMQR. Trainees in the Sapling program will prepare and race for an entire summer at Oakcliff, learning everything from rigging, engine maintenance and sailmaking to advanced boat handling, match racing tactics, nutrition and fitness. They will be evaluated by Dawn and senior management who will then refer them to Terry Hutchinson, BMQR Executive Director and Sailing Team Manager for an interview, or will try to place them in other job opportunities that suit them better.
“Oakcliff is building American leaders through sailing; feeding those graduates into an America’s Cup has always been a part of the plan,” said Dawn.
“When the BMQR team was announced with Terry at the helm,” she continued, “I called him up and said, ‘I think Oakcliff can help you, let’s make a plan,’ and Terry’s response was, ‘Yeah! Let’s make this happen!'”