Former-Cup champ Kirby to lead U.S.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former America’s Cup champion Rome Kirby has been named skipper and helmsman of the United States’ team in SailGP, the new global league that will be sailed in foiling 50foot catamarans beginning next year.
Kirby, 29, of Newport, Rhode Island, won the America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA in 2013 and has also sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. He is the son of Jerry Kirby, also a former America’s Cup champion and Volvo Ocean Race veteran.
The other members of the U.S. crew, announced Wednesday in New York are wing trimmer Riley Gibbs, 22, of Long Beach, California; flight controller Hans Henken, 26, of Coronado, California; grinder Mac Agnese, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and grinder Dan Morris, 30, of Newport, Rhode Island.