Stars and Stripes Team USA

I heard some exciting news yesterday. A team from the Long Beach Yacht Club will be the 5th Challenger for the America’s Cup! Their team name is Stars and Stripes Team USA and I couldn’t be more excited.

While I’ve been a supporter of Team New Zealand since 2000 when I happened to be there for one of the races, I really like the idea of a fully American team and crew and am looking forward to rooting for the US team this go-around.  

This Stars and Stripes Team USA was co-founded by American sailors Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield. The name is a nod to Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes teams which has had, admittedly, mixed success with regards to America’s Cup campaigns.

Taylor Canfield and Mike Buckley of Stars & Stripes Team USA

While I’m doing my best not to be too superstitious, I can certainly say I will be looking forward to this next generation of All-American sailors and wishing the best for their success. 

If you’re looking for something to tide you over during this trickle of news about America’s Cup challengers that has been coming out, I highly recommend the movie Wind, which was artistically sourced from events during the 1983 and 1987 America’s Cup series.

America’s Cup Press Release (Dec. 12, 2018)
Scuttlebutt (Dec. 12, 2018)

Gratitude

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately for a few reasons.

The first reason is that my wife and I have been slowly making our way through the writing of our wedding thank you cards. It’s taken more time than either of us thought it would. Partially because you want to find the right words to say, and partially because we both want to be involved in writing them and expressing our appreciation for our guest’s attendance and/or gift. Finding the time where both of us can sit down to focus on them is still a work in progress.

The second reason gratitude has been on my mind lately is because I heard an excellent talk about gratitude at a holiday industry luncheon. These types of luncheons are generally pleasant with people you haven’t seen for a while but tangentially know through the industry along with a speaker discussing various industry trends. But this speaker was different. He spoke about gratitude and its power to connect and lift people up. No request to donate to the group during the holiday. No moralizing. Just an interesting and thought-provoking take on gratitude. While I had heard this type of advice around thank you cards and daily mantras, this particular talk was the kind that grabs you because it was different than what you expected.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to write a whole list of people thank you notes for some time (not just wedding-related ones). I’m not sure I’ll be able to match the 365 thank-you notes in a year like this lawyer did, but once a month seems like a good place to start for New Year’s Resolution #1.