The next time you are on the water, keep an eye out for the US Olympic Sailing Team! That’s right, the Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology (FAST USA) has set up shop on Treasure Island. FAST USA is a partnership between US Sailing (the sport’s governing body), the St. Francis Sailing Foundation, and the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC). The program’s facilities were donated by our very own ORACLE TEAM USA. Olympians past, present, and future have flooded the Bay since May 2018.
San Francisco is a historical home for sailors
San Francisco Bay has been a world-renowned sailing destination, helping to write the history of the sport for decades. Many professional sailors have found their beginnings in our cool waters. SF Bay’s consistent winds and constant tides provide a year-round challenge making it an obvious location for Olympic training. This facility is the first West Coast training facility for the US Olympic Sailing team.
“Having a home is so important,” says Malcolm Page, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chief of US Olympic Sailing. “I think it’s a huge step forward for this country and for sailors who want to reach the top of the podium. I think it’s really going to set ourselves up. To think the L.A. Olympics are only 10 years away, it’s a great opportunity,” says Page who moved to the Bay Area to manage the facility.
The completed facility will be located on the shoreline of Clipper Cove nextdoor to the Treasure Island Sailing Center. The Cove provides a sheltered area for dingy and keelboat sailors alike. Already, TISC works hard to bring sailing to the Bay Area community all year long, successfully running their Set Sail Learn program that offers thousands of fourth-grade kids an opportunity to get out on the water.
New opportunities for Bay Area youth
“With the creation of FAST USA at TISC, we can offer high-level training opportunities for both Bay Area sailors and Olympic hopefuls that currently do not exist,” said Bill Kreysler, President of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation. “This facility will bridge existing gaps between youth, high school, collegiate, and high-performance sailing. FAST USA will be the first facility of its kind in the nation and we are thrilled to have US Sailing putting the wind at our back here in San Francisco. The seamless pathway we envision is a perfect fit for US Sailing’s joint goals of expanding sailing access on the west coast and winning Olympic medals.”
With the 2028 LA Olympics just 10 years away, this cutting-edge training facility will help increase the headcount and performance of the US Olympic Sailing team. We’ll hope for more medals as well!
Posted: December 6, 2018 @ 12:39 pm