College of Charleston freshman sailor Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) has been selected to sail for the U.S. at the first-ever Red Bull Youth America’s Cup to be held in August on San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, Calif.
Reynolds, who sailed previously for the San Diego Yacht Club prior to his enrollment at CofC, met with members of Oracle Team USA last summer at the 2012 Governor’s Cup regatta in Newport Beach, Calif. He endured rigorous testing on windy, unpredictable San Francisco Bay to earn the honor of representing his country against teams from all over the world in the sport’s top event.
The U.S. will have two youth crews competing in August, the latter group to which the 19-year-old will be a member of – the Oracle Team USA / American Youth Sailing Force (SFO) and the Oracle Team USA / USA45 Racing (USA).
The youth crews will be comprised of six members, all ages 19-to-24, who will be handling the actual America’s Cup AC45 wing sail catamarans – the same boats used by the 2013 America’s Cup teams in the AC World Series in September at the same venue.
“This is a huge opportunity for Jake,” CofC Head Coach Ward Cromwell said. “The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport. The competition and experience will get him to that next level of sailing, which is certainly something he is capable of.
Last year, as a senior at Point Loma High School, Reynolds skippered his high school team to first place honors at nationals, receiving the prestigious Mallory Cup.