Back in Plaid: Seattle

First a little insight on Team Seattle:

Please tell us a little bit about team racing at your club
We’ve been team racing for a month. We’re masters now.

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team
The board of directors at Seattle YC saw that we all paid our dues on time for 12 consecutive months, so they figured we’d be responsible with a large damage deposit at an event like this.

And most importantly, what is your team’s theme song?

And with that bit of framing out of the way, on with the sailors!

Skipper Andy Schmidt

Andy SchmidtWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and San Francisco to University of Washington

How have you trained for this regatta? Four practices so far, only one with any wind. So far so good.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? We both need some coffee.

What makes a good team racer teammate? They buy you a beer after the race (yet to happen).

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Deciding whether to go forward or backwards.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Getting out of Seattle in the spring and racing in the sun.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Extensive practice.

Crew Erin Schmidt

Erin SchmidtWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and University of Washington

How have you trained for this regatta? Strength training so I can get the jib across in the Harbor 20s.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Asking Andy how cold it is.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who likes football and ultimate when there isn’t any wind.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Paying attention.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Lots of good sailing and good food.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Luck.

Skipper Mike “Father K.” Karas

Mike KarasWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle, WA and dinghy racing

How have you trained for this regatta? Light therapy box and 16oz bicep curls

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Making sure I have my sunglasses and watch.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Compatible spirit animals

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Counting to 18

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? They all blur together.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Southern – battle of the SYCs.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Donald Trump said if I donated to his campaign there would be a lot of winning.

Crew John Renehan

John RenehanWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and dinghies, college sailing.

How have you trained for this regatta? Coaching NHYC morning classes for a couple of summers. Serious light wind practice on Newport Harbor with crew members of limited ability.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Long-distance driving.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Makes me look like I know what I’m doing.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Bossing an opposing boat at the start.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Looking forward to big breeze!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Biggest competition is usually myself.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Most diverse attitudes towards sailing.

Skipper Anthony “A-Bomb” Boscolo

Anthony Boscolo HeadshotWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and I come from a family of Venetian mariners

How have you trained for this regatta? Mental wind sprints

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Forgetting my watch

What makes a good team racer teammate? Good with flags

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The last leg

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Getting threatened by Chris Raab a few years back.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? God, because he hates me.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We have paid off the right people.

Crew Jen Glass

Jen Morgan Glass Headshot Making FaceWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? I’m from Seattle. Junior sailing starting in Seattle, went to Dartmouth for college sailing, campaigned a 470, got into skiffs, started sailing 505s with husband and team racing in keelboats

How have you trained for this regatta? We have some J22s at Seattle Yacht Club that we double-hand to practice. Getting our team all together when someone isn’t off skiing or sailing elsewhere is tough!

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? I can’t say I really have one. I like to be prepared early and often the 2nd boat off the dock.

What makes a good team racer teammate? One who knows the rules, plays, and is humble. And knows a good joke!

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Successfully executing a complicated play – its cool to have multiple boats come together to make it happen. It’s more than just your own boat.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? When we made it into the Semi-Finals a few years ago!

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Newport Harbor’s teams are always well practiced and know the boats well. We’ll get ’em at their own game!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because we haven’t won yet, and we’re ready to bring a surprise!

Skipper Dalton “Heavy D” Bergan

Dalton BerganWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and dinghys, skiffs, foilers, keelboats

How have you trained for this regatta? Drifting around Seattle

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Just try to get there

What makes a good team racer teammate? Would like to know

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Starting

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Rhab’s antics

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC, they are finally defending.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? With some luck

Crew Ben “Captain” Glass

Benjamin GlassWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Seattle and dinghies

How have you trained for this regatta? Sailing in J22s at SYC.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee, lots of coffee.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who buys a lot of drinks.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? That magic moment when you realize the plan is coming together and you and your teammates are leading their pairs back to the finish.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Mai Tais and sunshine.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The other SYC, because we’re the real SYC.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Maybe we will, maybe we won’t, I think this is an absurd question.

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