Pairing Rob Windsor, one of only two sailors to race in every edition of the Atlantic Cup along with newcomer Micha Davis, Amhas will be a top team to watch in 2016. The boat itself is proven to be very fast and the crew is exceptionally motivated for a podium finish. As for the name Amhas, it comes from an old Galeic word for Gannet, the sea bird that can be found around the North Atlantic.
When asked how he rates their chances in the Atlantic Cup, Rob Windsor said, “I like our chances, this will be my 5th one so experience plays and the boat I’m on now, I’ve tied every string and turned every screw so I feel good about how it’s put together and how fast it is. We have a good chance to be on the podium. I think depending on which European boats are racing, they have a good shot. At the same time racing across the ocean and racing up the coast is not the same. Racing around Hatteras and in the Gulf Stream make it a US team favored race.”
Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? I played hockey, football, and lacrosse.
Family. I’m married to Tenley. We have 3 kids, Lula whose 6, Teo whose 5 and Hank whose 3.
What does taking care of the planet mean to you? I want to ensure that its resources remain available for future generations.
If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? I would ask them to look around. Oceans are the world’s largest carbon sink, and they generate the majority of the planet’s oxygen. That sounds like a bad system to mess with.
How old were you when you first went sailing? I was 1 or 2.
How did you get into competitive sailing? I was fortunate enough to sail with Andy Nixon and Greg Carroll on their boats. We all have an obligation to return the favor – somebody, somewhere gave you a shot.
In what way are you superstitious before a race? I’m not superstitious.
What is one of your goals for your sailing career? To finish a transatlantic race – we’re 0 for 2.
How did you meet your co-skipper? We probably met on the docks at the Maine Yacht Center. Rob helped Brian Harris and me put together our new boat, and since then we’ve sailed together a number of times.
What are the strengths of your co-skipper? Rob knows how to make a boat go fast, and he honestly believes he can outwork the competition to get a win.
What is your 2016 race schedule? Miami to Havana, and the Atlantic Cup. We’ll see after that.
What are your sailing strengths? I think that I share Rob’s work ethic.
What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? The adventure and the self-reliance – the sense that you are alone and maybe the first person to sail across that specific stretch of water.
What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? The whole race will be challenging, but the toughest part for me is likely the inshore series.
What do you think about the new leg from New York to Portland? I hope that there is breeze north of Cape Cod, but I’m thrilled to be coming home.
Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team. “Amhas” is an old Gaelic word that has a few meanings…the one we named the boat after is “gannet”, but it also means “a wild beast” and “village idiot”. That will be Rob and me…the kids can figure out who is who.
What is your favorite sports team? My favorite team is the Boston Bruins (NHL).
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? I would want to meet Theodore Roosevelt.
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite? My favorite thing to eat is anything warm. There’s no point bringing something you don’t like.
Do you have any hidden talents (i.e. juggling, rock climbing, dancing, cooking)? I’m super funny.
Where did you grow up? Centerport, NY.
Describe yourself in one word. Fantastic.
Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? Basketball.
Family. Married to Becky. We have a 16 year old son named Robby.
How old were you when you first went sailing? Newborn.
How did you get into competitive sailing? 8 years racing Blue Jays on Long Island Sound.
Describe sailing to you in one word. Action.
In what ways are you superstitious before a race? I’m not.
Number of Transatlantic crossing under sail: 11.
What is one of your goals for your sailing career? To win the 2016 Atlantic Cup!
How did you meet your co-skipper? I met him through Brian Harris about 5 or 6 years ago after a Pineapple Cup.
What are the strengths of your co-skipper? He played football at Brown, he’s very athletic and a great sailor.
What do you like most about being offshore? Being offshore is my favorite place to be. I like being offshore way better than I like being on land. The further away from land, the happier I am.
What do you see as your biggest challenge in the race? I think the inshore racing in Portland as opposed to other years in Newport is the biggest challenge because it’s a new venue for most of us. A lot of us who have been sailing a long time have sailed a lot in Newport and we know the winds and the tides, but Portland is definitely an unknown and it will be a challenge.
How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? I like my chances, this will be my 5th one so experience plays and the boat I’m on now, I’ve tied every string and turned every screw so I feel good about how it’s put together and how fast it is. We have a good chance to be on the podium. I think depending on which European boats are racing, they have a good shot. At the same time racing across the ocean and racing up the coast is not the same. Racing around Hatteras and in the Gulf Stream make it a US team favored race.
What do you think about the new leg from New York to Portland? I think the new leg is going to be challenging. Having sailed around Cape Cod and Nantucket in the early spring sometimes there isn’t a lot of wind. Hopefully there will be breeze, but that side of the Cape can be difficult. I’m also excited to sail more miles.
What does taking care of the planet mean to you? It means a lot to me, I was born on World Oceans Day. I make my living off the ocean and I would like to continue to be able to ensure the ocean is a wonderful, beautiful place.
If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? We should all do our part. Use reusable water bottles. That’s mostly what I see in the water when I travel around the world. If we all did that we wouldn’t be adding to the already immense amount of debris in the ocean.
We also ask the Atlantic Cup Kids to pick their favorite team. Tell us why the Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team. The reason the kids should vote for my team is because I love the kids part of the Atlantic Cup. This will be my 5th Atlantic Cup and one of my favorite parts of the land portion of the event is the Kids portion. I can’t wait to be in all the cities to show Amhas to all the new fans. And, I am only going to let Kids who voted for my team on my boat.
Do you have any hidden talents (i.e. juggling, rock climbing, dancing, cooking)? I’ve got a lot, but that’s why they’re hidden.
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