Sam Hallowell ’16 has spent the past three months in San Francisco, Calif., preparing for one of the most important races of his life.
With aspirations of becoming a professional sailor, Hallowell is competing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, an event which gives sailors aged 19-24 the opportunity to develop their skills in a competitive environment in the same arena in which the 34th America’s Cup will be contested.
The event kicked off this week and run through Wednesday, Sept. 4.
“This is an incredible opportunity and something that most young sailors dream of,” says Hallowell, a member of the HWS sailing team. “I hope this is the start of many things to come but right now I am just focused on winning the cup.”
At the event, Hallowell is a member of Team USA45, one of two teams representing the United States. There are a total of 10 teams competing with each team boasting top youth sailors from around the world.
Arriving in San Francisco in early June, Hallowell and his teammates are prepared.
“We have tried to spend as much time on the water as possible which we believe will certainly give us an advantage come race day,” Hallowell explains. “We have sacrificed so much for this event and regardless of the results I believe it will all pay off in the long-run.”
Hallowell has had diverse sailing experiences on numerous programs and boat types throughout his sailing career which he says serves as an advantage for his team.
“Even though the boats we are sailing in this event are the polar opposite of what I sail at Hobart, I think time on the water in any boat is an advantage and helps me develop my skills.”
Hallowell will return to campus for the spring semester and is looking forward to reuniting with his Statesmen teammates.
For more information about the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup or to follow the results of the event, visit http://www.americascup.com/events/red-bull-youth-americas-cup