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Charlie Buckingham: Balance & Sacrifices
We caught up with Charlie Buckingham this week and got his take on the balances and sacrifices that go into the sport of competitive sailing. Last week, Charlie did five days of F18 sailing, followed by two days on an extreme 40 with team USA45 racing in preparation for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Kaenon: What does it mean to you to have “balance” in your life? How important is that?
CB: To me, having balance is staying in touch with multiple aspects of my life in a way that keeps me happy and motivated. I think this is hugely important in anyone’s life and leads to greater happiness in the long term.
Kaenon: How do you find balance between the rigors of competitive sailing and your personal life?
CB: When I’m not in training or competition and have a little bit of time to myself, I try to switch my mind off from sailing completely and revisit things that are important to me – family, friends, surfing, and the ocean.
Kaenon: What sacrifices do you have to make (on either end of the spectrum, personal or athletic) in order to keep yourself healthily balanced?
CB: The biggest sacrifices come from my personal life since sailing takes up most of my time, so sometimes I need a break from sailing to keep things healthily balanced. It’s easy to forget when you are in the moment, but taking breaks help me stay fresh.
Kaenon: What advice would you give to those pursuing the competitive sailing route so that they can maintain that competitive fire without burning themselves out?
CB: Plan your schedule to maximize your training and competition, but don’t forget to make time for yourself every once in a while.
Kaenon: What take-away from recent events in the sailing community have made an impression on you?
CB: It’s inspiring for me to read and hear the celebrations of Andrew Simpson’s life. Not only was he a talented, successful sportsman, but also a noble character respected by everyone he came in touch with.
Kaenon: What’s next on your agenda and where do you go from here?
CB: This week, I’m back to Laser sailing until I move to San Francisco in the beginning of June.
Currently Listening to: Reggae, Drum and Bass
Currently Watching: NBA Playoffs, Billabong Pro Rio
Will Tiller: Gear Talk/Embarrassing & Inspiring Moments from Qingdao
On the AC45s the sailing gear we wear is critical to our performance, with the speeds of the boat water is constantly spraying the crew similar to a fire hose, adding to this the cold temperatures of San Francisco and you need quality gear to get the job done. Our team is lucky enough to be sponsored by Events Clothing, specifically Line 7 gear, we wear a number of layers made from a similar material to that of wetsuits. With the extremeness of the boats we also wear some safety equipment, with padded gear, helmets and wake boarding life jackets. Our team wears Kaenon Hard Kore sunglasses to give us the best eye protection and the SR-19 clarity advantage to pick up the wind on the water first.
Sailing-specific recap of events
I am currently in Qingdao, China competing in Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series, our team is in third place overall after two days racing and we are just about to begin day 3. We are constantly developing as a team in this series and getting stronger with every race. Our goal is to gain a podium finish at one event this season and then push for a podium finish overall next season.
This event, our team has been concentrating on routines and sticking to them. The reason for this is that for sailing, you need to be consistent as there are a number of races that form a regatta. To help us with being consistent, we feel that the off the water activities need to be as much of a routine as possible to put you in the right mind set going into racing.
Funniest Moment of the week
On the first day racing here in Qingdao I fell overboard in between races trying to pick up a plastic water bottle out of the water, little bit embarrassing but I did my bit for the environment.
If we can maintain our solid performance here in Qingdao and pick up our first podium.
The chance to drive our sponsors Ferrari in Hong Kong next week. (We’d say that was motivation alright!)
Currently Listening to: Eminem
Currently Watching: Any movies on in the hotel.
Currently Reading: Rulebook again
Charlie Buckingham: F18 Training in Long Beach
Charlie Buckingham is back in town and doing some F18 training and getting a feel of the catamaran during the team’s second training session.
Will Tiller: Update From Qingdao
Will Tiller, coming to us live from Qingdao with an update from the second day of racing in the Extreme Sailing Series. As the team gets better acquainted, the results improve.
Back to the Road to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Charlie Buckingham: Gear Talk/Reflecting on Europe
Charlie Buckingham, who just returned home to Newport Beach, CA from Europe, breaks down the gear he uses while sailing, and gives us an inside scoop on the way he views his events leading up to the Olympics and Worlds.
“Team USA45 racing and I will be wearing Magic Marine technical gear and Kaenon sunglasses. Due to the dynamic nature of our movements around the boat, it will be key to be wearing streamlined, flexible gear. As always, glasses will be a key part of our kit, as it will protect our eyes from spray and allow us to read the wind better.
We need gear that allows us to move well around the boat, while also keeping us warm because of the cold SF bay temperatures. During our last training camp, the Magic Marine farmer john wetsuits and fleece rashguards seemed to do the trick. In terms of glasses, I will most likely wear the Trades or Kores on the water because the big lenses don’t hinder my peripheral vision and provide good protection from spray.”
Reflecting on Palma and Hyeres:
“I just finished up two events in Europe, the ISAF sailing world cup events in Palma and Hyeres. While I didn’t achieve my greatest results, the events provided me with insight on what I need to work on moving forward and I am motivated to get to work on them.
Pretty much all events beside the Olympics and World championships are used as a barometer of your skills. Obviously, it is good to go out and post results at World Cup and other high profile events, but at the end of the day it is most important to learn and improve to the best of your potential leading up to the Olympics and/or Worlds. Less than ideal results force you to look at your current skill set and evaluate your areas of weakness if the results wasn’t good. From there you can implement a training plan aimed at improving those weaknesses before your next important event.”
Currently Listening: The Jamaicans – Ba Ba Boom
Currently Watching: Skyfall
Pete Burling: Upcoming Stop at Qingdao
See a preview of the upcoming event on the Extreme Sailing Series Pete Burling and his team they make a stop in Qingdao, China. Pete will continue to compete against the competition with his Team Korea crew as he prepares for the Youth America’s Cup.
Charlie Buckingham: Hyeres 2013 – Laser, Day 1 Recap
Charlie Buckingham is currently competing in Hyeres in the Laser class. Check out his Day 1 Recap, with all the highs and lows that come along with competition:
Pete Burling: After Singapore’s Extreme 40 Series Event
Pete Burling recently returned to New Zealand after a 6th place finish at the X40 event in Singapore. He quickly checked in with us to let us know how the event went and where he’s off to next:
What successes/disappointments did you face during the X40 event?
“We were a little off the pace for a few reasons, made the week pretty tough. Really frustrating when you put the boat in a good spot a don’t have the speed to hold it. And the speed problem is caused by the hardware.”
Where is your head at right now?
“Just got back to NZ, and we are putting our 49er campaign back together so I’m spending a lot of time on that.
Next up is Qingdao in the Extreme 40 before we’re off to Europe in the 49er.
Right now I’m off to pick up my new moth, before a few lectures at uni.”
Will Tiller in Singapore – Extreme Sailing Series
Will Tiller checks in during the Extreme Sailing Series stop in Singapore on April 12.
Back to the Road to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Charlie Buckingham: An Injury in Palma
“I got injured on the final day of competition and had to go to a Spanish hospital to get eight stitches in my shin. The doctors, nurses and I cracked some smiles trying to speak broken English and Spanish to each other while I was getting treated in the hospital.
One of the hardest things to do as an athlete is to forgo training because of injury. For the next week, I’m not allowed to use my leg strenuously or go sailing as a precautionary measure to ensure my cut doesn’t open up or get infected while I’m over here. In the short term, idle time is hard to endure with stuff like this, but I need to put this in perspective and do what is right for the long term.” – Charlie Buckingham
Listening: One Thing Leads to Another – The Fixx (Listen Here)
Reading: Sport Psychology
Charlie just completed competing at the ISAF World Cup Palma de Majorca where he finished 12th overall.
Will Tiller: Selection Process
“After returning home a couple weeks ago from our month-long stint overseas with the RBYAC Selection Series and ESS Act 1, I have been taking it easy sailing wise. I competed with Mike Sanderson over the weekend in the Elliot 5.9 Nationals, I was in charge of ‘adventure land’ (Bow) and had a bit on just quietly. It was awesome racing and although we didn’t do as well as we had hoped with a 3rd place finish it was great event and so much fun to be involved with grass roots NZ sailing.” – Will Tiller
Listening: Watch the Throne – Kanye West & Jay Z
Watching: Breaking Bad
Reading: Eating Dirt – Steve Gurney
Charlie Buckingham: Recap of Palma de Majorca, Spain
Charlie Buckingham gives a recap of his event at Palma de Majorca, Spain on April 3.
Charlie Buckingham: Preffered Kaenon Sunglasses
Charlie Buckingham explains what Kaenon sunglasses he wears and why:
Will Tiller: Preffered Kaenon Sunglasses
Will Tiller explains what Kaenon sunglasses he wears and why:
Pete Burling: Preffered Kaenon Sunglasses
Pete Burling explains what Kaenon sunglasses he wears and why:
Pete Burling: Winner of the 2013 AUS Moth Nationals
Pete Burling gives us a recap of his current moth sailing, after winning the 2013 AUS Moth Nationals. He also shares with us why he sails barefoot…
Will Tiller: Setting the Course
“For the last 18 years, my life has led me to [the Youth America's Cup]. Introduced to sailing by my Father at the age of six, I developed a passion for the sport. Being on the water is home and my nirvana.
I continued sailing as my chosen sport, competing in all major centreboard classes, however it wasn’t all plain sailing. When I failed in my pursuit of the Youth Worlds in the Laser Class, I had a stint away from the sport as the lure of college rugby took precedence. After figuring out I wasn’t the physical specimen I believed myself to be it was back to sailing.
In 2006, aged sixteen, I was one of 10 selected for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme. This really kick started my sailing career by providing an environment to develop a broad range of skills on and off the water. I also made friends for life and this group now form the core of our team.
In April 2010 I graduated from the programme with 12 international Youth Match Racing regatta wins. After graduating, I joined FMJRacing to further my sailing, skippering and managing this team over one and a half year period we have taken my Open ISAF match race ranking from 70th to 5th in the world.”
Charlie Buckingham: Setting the Course
“I was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA, where family influence and accessibility to the ocean drew me to water sports from an early age. Surfing and sailing became the sports I loved most and stuck with, but surfing would become more of a creative outlet while sailing fueled my competitive fire. Sailing has brought me to where I am today.
As I rose up through the youth, high school, and collegiate sailing ranks in the United States, steady progress and success at each level encouraged me to pursue an Olympic sailing campaign after graduation from Georgetown University in June of 2011. In addition to my Olympic campaign, seven crew members (Jake Ladow, Jake Reynolds, Nevin Snow, John Wallace, Matt Whitehead, Peter Kinney, Graham Landy) and I were recently selected to represent the United States in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
The America’s Cup is widely considered to be the pinnacle of the sport of sailing, but there has never been a clear pathway to the event for aspiring sailors. This is now changing with Red Bull’s creation of the Youth America’s Cup. Being selected to compete in this groundbreaking event is both a huge honor and opportunity for the team as it will give us direct exposure to the America’s Cup arena and could lead to future America’s Cup or other sailing opportunities. At the very least, my team members and I will learn a lot about team work, management and professionalism as we go through the processes of building up for the RBYAC.
This process won’t be easy. From aligning the schedules of eight individuals to finding ways to pay for our self-funded effort, we have our work cut out for us between now and September. Despite these and other seemingly large obstacles, I am confident in our collective ability and believe that if we are able to take the right steps in the upcoming months, we will be in a position to compete to the best of all our abilities and perform well at the RBYAC.
As helmsman and oldest member of team USA45 racing, I carry a lot of responsibility for this team. The AC45 is a difficult boat to sail and the RBYAC is no small competition, so the crew will be looking toward me to lead them in the right direction for the next five months. This will be challenging, but I’m lucky to have such great athletes, sailors, and people as part of the team and I look forward to the journey ahead.” – Charlie Buckingham
Pete Burling: Setting the Course
“In a few months time I’ll be in San Francisco, leading a group of young Kiwis intent on making our mark in New Zealand’s proud Americas Cup history by winning the inaugural Youth Americas Cup. The YAC will be a very tough competition — every team has worked very hard to get to this point – and we are under no illusions as to the strength of our opposition.
Sailing has been a huge part of my life since I was about 8 years old. My pinnacle achievement to date has been winning Olympic Silver in the 49er class at the London Olympics with Blair Turke — New Zealand’s first Olympic sailing medal outside of board-sailing for 20 years.
For the four years leading up to the Olympics, London 2012 was our sole goal. New Zealand had not competed in the 49er at the Olympics since 2000 and our young age (at 21 and 23 we were the youngest 49er team at the Olympics) was also seen by some as a disadvantage. We worked hard together to change these obstacles into strengths.
While Blair and I have recently confirmed our intention to campaign together in the 49er towards the Rio Olympics, this post-Olympic year is a great opportunity to enjoy some of the many other aspects of sailing with the aim of incorporating the lessons learned into both our YAC and Olympic campaigns.
Soon after the Olympics it was really exciting to get the call from Team Korea to helm their AC45 in the Americas Cup World Series in San Francisco. While there was only a few days warm-up for this regatta, creating a very steep learning curve, this was an awesome opportunity to sail against legendary sailors — especially at 21 years old. Finishing second in a race was a personal highlight.
Since the Olympics, I have competed as tactician in the winning boat in the China Cup, won the Australian Moth Nationals, finished fourth in the 18 foot skiff “JJs” (unofficial Worlds), helmed in my first extreme 40 regatta in Oman for Team Korea, and won Sail Auckland in the 49er — as well as training with the awesome group of sailors in the NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand Youth Americas Cup team. This semester I am combining my sailing with 3 University Engineering papers.
Long term, there are so many awesome role models in sailing and fun classes to sail — my aim is to win more Olympic medals to combine this with Americas Cup sailing — and to win the Moth Worlds along the way. Most of all, to continue to enjoy every part of my sailing — a sport I love.” – Pete Burling
Introducing Charlie Buckingham
From: Newport Beach, CA
Current Goal: Rio Olympics – Laser
Team: ORACLE TEAM USA/USA45 Racing
4x Collegiate Sailing All-American – Georgetown University
2x Collegiate “Sailor of the Year” – Georgetown University
4x Individual Collegiate National Titles
Runner Up 2012 ISAF Olympic Class World Cup
“I was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA, where family influence and accessibility to the ocean drew me to water sports from an early age. Surfing and sailing became the sports I loved most, but surfing would become more of a creative outlet while sailing fueled my competitive fire. Sailing has brought me to where I am today.”
Introducing Will Tiller
From: New Zealand
Current Goal: World Match Racing Circuit
Team: Full Metal Jacket Racing
2012 NZ Keel Boat Champions
Qualifier – Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
“When I failed in my pursuit of the youth worlds in the laser class I had a stint away from the sport as the lure of college rugby took precedence. After figuring out I wasn’t the physical specimen I believed myself to be, it was back to sailing.”
Introducing Pete Burling
From: Tauranga, New Zealand
Current Goal: America’s Cup; Rio Olympic Games 2016
Team: NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand
Silver Medal – London Olympic Games 2012 – 49er
Silver Medal – 2011/2012 World Championship – 49er
Competitor – China Olympic Games 2008
“I grew up in Tauranga, New Zealand – a coastal city about 2.5 hours drive south of Auckland. I started sailing at age 6, with my brother, mucking round in an old wooden optimist in the estuary near my home…”
Road to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
What is life like for an up-and-coming sailor? Through the highs and the lows, we want to see it all: real and raw. Kaenon’s “Road to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup” is setting out to do just that:
For the first time in the history of the America’s Cup, young, talented sailors have a clear pathway towards competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in sport. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup opens the door for young sailors to gain the experience they need to become part of a Cup team and compete on one of the world’s most prestigious sailing competitions.
This summer, young teams from around the world will be racing in the same high performance, wing-sailed AC45 catamarans that are used in the America’s Cup World Series, during the heart of the 34th America’s Cup racing season. Want to get a feel for the boats and the high-speed action? See the video below:
From now until the culminating event at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup this summer, we’ll be following three of the sports up-and-coming stars as they travel around the globe preparing for the big event in San Francisco.
Charlie Buckingham: the Newport Beach, CA native who grew up surfing and sailing. Coming from a family rich in sailing history, he eventually found himself graduated from Georgetown University as one of the most decorated collegiate sailors the school has ever seen. Now he’s on a mission to win Olympic Gold, and he’ll be making a stop in San Francisco along the way.
Pete Burling: Though young, Pete is a seasoned competitor who began chasing greatness from an early age. His innate sailing skill has propelled his sailing profile and merited him the success he has enjoyed, including Olympic Silver in London.
Will Tiller: A New Zealand native, Will grew up sailing, but pursued other sports. When things didn’t quite pan out in other areas, he realized his true passion is sailing and through hard work and dedication Will has quickly made a name for himself as he secured a victory in the 2012 World Match Racing Circuit.
Three elite young sailors, from three backgrounds, on three different paths, all leading to the same goal: to win the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Join us as we pull back the curtains on the life of these young men and take a raw look into what it takes to travel the road to become the world’s best.
Foiling Cats In The America’s Cup
Flying Cats! Or shall we say, ‘foiling, as in flying on hydrofoils…powered by hard wing sails…this is the new America’s Cup.
Incredible images are coming out of most of the teams, here’s a few below from last week. Lead teams seem to be defender, Oracle Team USA and Team New Zealand.
Team New Zealand trimmer James Dagg geared up for the day with his crash helmet with mounted Go Pro for constant review and analysis onshore; Kaenon Klay to read the breeze and protect his eyes from the constant “fire hose” in his face and harsh sun, wind and salt; radios for on board communication as well as to speak with the design team on a near-by tender observing; life jacket, with safety gear inside, gloves, knife, spare line, and believe it or not, now each team member sails with a small, spare oxygen tank tied to them. In case of a capsize and getting caught underwater, the idea is that the crewman can suck air from the oxygen tank while he works to free himself and surface for air. With speed comes the need for safety.
Team New Zealand’s Sea Trials Under Way
The America’s Cup is less than 6 months from officially kicking off 3 months of battles on the City Front in San Francisco Bay for the oldest contested trophy in the sport of sailing. Radical advancements in technology and craft are proving out some incredible theories that are taking the sport where it’s never been before – like literally flying 72’ solid wing powered catamarans – on hydrofoils – above the sea-surface!
Tactician Ray Davies in Hard Kore JM10 C12.
Kaenon continues to be a favorite choice of many of the top sailors on Team New Zealand. Along with spliced interviews of a couple of the team’s lead dogs who are loyal Kaenon men, tactician Ray Davies and Wing Trimmer Glenn Ashby, the link above is a video the team put out last week about the first day they sailed Boat 2, how they planned to “ease” into top speeds, but the boat just took off and the crew let it go.
Wing Trimmer Glenn Ashby in Klay White G12.
Iain Murray, in his Hard Kore JM10 G12, is a legend in Australia (as a sailor and businessman) who was appointed to lead and manage the America’s Cup event in San Francisco.
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