You read that right—Harken Blockheads are sailing in the America’s Cup! One of them is Riley Gibbs, a self-proclaimed ‘advanced Blockhead.’ We caught up with him and Andrew Campbell, both crew members on American Magic at their base in Barcelona, Spain.

What do these two do on the team? Well, they do a lot! “You have to know the ins and outs and what’s happening with every role. The boats are developing fast, so you need to be flexible and able to do any job on the boat at any point,” said Andrew Campbell.

That’s the mark of a good crew member, even when the boat isn’t a foiling AC75.

Like many youth sailors, Riley dreamed of representing his country in the America’s Cup. He reflects on making it to this point in his career, “I would push any youth kid out there to invest time and understand their equipment and what the potential of improving your equipment may have a play on your results at the end of the day.”

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Learn more about their roles, the boats, and their roles with American Magic!

 

 

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