Yesterday Roan Blackburn posted an in-world announcement updating sailors about Don Berthios’ recent activities. I’m happy to repost her note here. Roan said:
Don is covering the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series in San Francisco this week, where teams of young sailors from around the world are competing in AC45’s for a chance to race in the RBYAC’s regatta that will follow the Louis Vuitton Cup and precede the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco this summer.
As you may know, Oracle Racing Team’s AC72 capsized in October and was severely damaged. Parts of the wing have been used in various ways, such as the Flugtag event in November where teams see how far they can launch eclectic flying devices into the water from a 30 ft. platform. And Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Racing Team Skipper, held a contest and gave away a piece of the wing to the person who best answered his question on how fans could help Oracle Racing Team proceed following destruction of their boat. Out of thousands of suggestions submitted, Jimmy selected Don’s and Don won the piece of the wing!
Don donated the piece to Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing program. Last night at the Club’s Youth Sailing Fundraiser, the piece was auctioned off for $1,400 with all proceeds going to the Club’s youth program. Don was given a standing ovation for his contribution and it was the highlight of his evening.
And FYI, yesterday was also the 3rd Anniversary of GGYC and Oracle Racing Team skippered by Jimmy Spithill winning the 33rd America’s Cup off Valencia, Spain.
Nice work, Don and Roan!
Heres a poster to remind SL sailors of the ambitious, two-month long “SL Vuitton” trophy regatta that Don successfully staged back in 201o. If you search back to that year, you’ll find MetaverseSailing.net has write-ups that detail many of the SLVT competition rounds; the match racing was rather great! 🙂