Oakcliff118

Oakcliff Sailing will be back for the 2018 Atlantic Cup! Oakcliff will use the race to give top up and coming sailors from their program a chance to race alongside veteran offshore sailors. Oakcliff’s team members are still to be determined, so stay tuned for that announcement!

  • Boat Name: Oakcliff
  • Port of Registry: Oyster Bay, NY
  • Builder: Hakes Marine
  • Designer: Farr Yacht Design
  • Year Launched: 2012
  • Source of Energy Production: Hydrogenerator

Sean O'Halloran

Age: 27

Hometown: Santa Clara, CA

Describe yourself in one word: Passionate 

Do you or did you play any other competitive sports? Water polo, Baseball, Cross Country Mountain Biking and Triathlon

Ethan Johnson

Age: 24

Hometown: South Maryland 

Describe yourself in one word: Determined

Do you or did you play any other competitive sports? Baseball 

Philippe Paturel

Age: 53

Hometown: Saint-Pierre & Miquelon islands (FR)

Describe yourself in one word: Perseverant

Do you or did you play any other competitive sports? Professional Hockey in France

Sylvain Barrielle

Age: 53

Hometown: Marseille, France

Describe yourself in one word: Focused

Do you or did you play any other competitive sports? MTB 

 

Sean O’Halloran

Where did you grow up?

Santa Clara, CA

Did you go to University? If so, where? 

Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI

Describe yourself in one word.

Passionate

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports?

Yes, I played Water Polo, Swimming, Baseball, Golf, Cross Country Mountain Biking, Cross Country Running and competed in Triathlons.

Are you single, in a relationship or married? Do you have any children 

Single

 Environment & Kids

The Atlantic Cup has a big sustainability message in that the event organizers try to run the race with as little impact on the planet as possible. What does taking care of the planet mean to you? 

As a sailor and an Eagle Scout I have been all over the planet on land and on the water which has let me glimpse the impact we have as humans. We have done a lot of harm already and while science is making it easier and easier to be more eco-friendly it is everyone’s job to do their part.  Personally, I try to reduce the consumables I use by not using single use water bottles, not using straws, refusing a bag at the store, utilizing materials in the shop in an efficient manner and also spreading the word to everyone I come in contact with.

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them?

You don’t need to radically change your life or your habits to do your part, there are a couple things that are easy to take out of your life and will make a huge impact to keep our oceans clean. The top three things to change would be to use reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, refuse single use plastic products whenever possible (straws, silverware, bags, etc) and try to use power efficiently around you whether it is turning off a light when you aren’t using it or rethinking your heating and cooling in your residence.

Our theme this year is #AtCup1Thing where we want fans to commit to doing one thing for the planet. What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans? 

Refuse plastic straws and only use reusable straws if you must.

The Atlantic Cup also has a robust Kids program, where we teach kids about offshore racing, geography and protecting the planet. We also ask the Kids pick their favorite team. Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team.

We are the youngest team to compete in this year’s race and want to show the older teams that we have what it takes to win!

Sailing Information

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup?

Over the past two years I have been on some of the toughest races from an intense Chicago Mac race on a 32 foot sport boat, to incredibly varied conditions during races around Long Island. I also train at the gym five times a week and help run our fleet of close to one hundred boats at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY to gain the skills necessary to be best all-around sailor I can be.

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences?

Shorthanded racing really is the truest test of any sailor because you need to be able to excel at all jobs on the boat to make the boat go as fast as possible, while also being able to fix anything that may break while racing. In addition to that you are almost always sleep deprived, hungry, exhausted, constantly thinking about the next maneuver, keeping ahead of the competition and making the best of what Mother Nature throws at you!

What do you think about the leg from New York to Portland?

The first challenge is getting out of the harbor which is notorious for fast currents and marine traffic everywhere. Whoever gets out of the harbor first and into the weather at sea will have a huge advantage on the fleet.  From there it is a sprint north where the exhausted sailors will have to be on the lookout for lobster pots and fisherman.

How old were you when you first went sailing?

I completed the small boat sailing merit badge over the course of a one week scouting camp when I was about 12 years old. After that, I did not start sailing until my sophomore year of college in Rhode Island.

How did you get into competitive sailing? 

I was always involved with sports as a kid and when I went to Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island I joined the sailing team and worked hard to climb the roster to compete in a couple regattas.

Describe sailing to you in one word.

Freedom

In what way are you superstitious before a race?

I wouldn’t say I am superstitious but that is mostly because I am busy looking at the weather and constantly working on the boat until we cast off from the dock.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail:

0

Please list some of your sailing career highlights:

1st Overall Double Handed for Around Long Island Regatta 2016 (first double handed race), 1st Overall PHRF Miami to Cuba Race 2018, Annapolis to Newport 3rd Place, Vestas 11th Hour Racing Shore crew for the VOR Cape Town Stopover

What is one of your goals for your sailing career? 

To sail in the Volvo Ocean Race

What is your 2018 race schedule?

Atlantic Cup Leg 1, Newport to Bermuda Skipper of Oakcliff Farr 40 Red, Around Long Island Regatta, Match Racing at Oakcliff Sailing, Ida Lewis Distance Race and other racing with Oakcliff Sailing

How did you meet your co-skipper?

I met Ethan at Oakcliff Sailing when I was in the sapling program which he just took part in the previous year and was hired on as a staff member and boat captain for Oakcliff Farr 40 Blue.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper? 

Ethan is a very calm individual and takes any problem in stride. He is especially good with the mechanical aspects of the boat and is a great bow to stern sailor.

What are your sailing strengths? 

I have lots of experience with driving at all speeds as well as a good understanding of navigation and how to optimize the boat for current conditions. I also have a good sense of how my body is feeling and am able to manage energy levels well.

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least?

I enjoy the challenge of making the boat go as fast as possible at all times while also enjoying the epic sunrises and sunsets that you get to experience offshore. My least favorite part of being offshore is that when you get wet it is very hard to ever get dry again.

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck?

Getting injured or hitting something in the water.

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?

We are pretty humble and understand when each other are getting tired. We also have similar strengths when it comes to sailing so we usually understand what the other is doing and can assist when needed.

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race?

The lack of experience in the boat itself even though we have plenty of time and experience racing together. We will be doing a good amount of training before hand and should be at speed when the race starts.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? 

I would like to say we have a shot at the podium during our leg of the offshore since a lot of the area is home waters to us. It will depend on how well we can get up to speed, but we do have a lot of strength and stamina to push hard during the leg. I would say Eärendil has a great chance as they have been fast and on a hot streak after the Caribbean 600 as well coming in second last edition. I also wouldn’t count out Dragon or Toothface 2!

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? 

Absolutely false, if you do not sleep you are certain to make bad decisions, become lazy about sail trim and fall behind. You need to sleep as much as possible when the going is easy, so when it gets rough you can make gains on the fleet.

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy?

Like all sailing you need to be on top of what the conditions are doing and try to be just ahead of it in terms of reducing sail area or changing sails. We will definitely take down any sails we know that have holes or issues and repair as quick as possible to get back to racing at 100%.

Miscellaneous

What is your favorite sports team?

The Patriots and Vestas 11th Hour Racing

What is your favorite type of music? 

Huge fan of Modern Country Music

What your favorite song?

Cop Car, Between The Pines by Sam Hunt

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet?

Thomas Rhett

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite? 

Beef stroganoff for a meal but nothing beats a snickers bar when you need that extra boost. Least favorite meal I have had was Chicken Teriyaki

What is your favorite movie line?

“You scratched my anchor!!” – Caddy Shack

 

  1. What do you do to relax during your free time? – When I am not sailing I love watching movies, learning a new skill or going to the gym.

 

  1. Do you have any hidden talents (i.e. juggling, rock climbing, dancing, cooking)? – I have a culinary degree with concentrations in baking and pastry as well as beverage management.

Ethan Johnson 

Where did you grow up?

Southern Maryland

Did you go to University? If so, where?

College of Southern Maryland

Describe yourself in one word.

Determined

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports?

I played Baseball for six years before High School Sailing. 

Environment & Kids

The Atlantic Cup has a big sustainability message in that the event organizers try to run the race with as little impact on the planet as possible. What does taking care of the planet mean to you?

Taking care of the planet means not only doing everything possible that we can to minimize our impacts globally, but to do everything we can to restore the planet 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 say that if we keep on the current trend of plastic waste and other mass contributors to climate change that the next generation might not have an Atlantic Cup.

Our theme this year is #AtCup1Thing where we want fans to commit to doing one thing for the planet. What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans?

I hope everyone already knows to recycle, however I want our fans to go a step further! If you have the option don’t by plastic at all. If you have the option at the store between paper and plastic. Choose Paper! Ask for no straw! Use a reusable water bottle! 

The Atlantic Cup also has a robust Kids program, where we teach kids about offshore racing, geography and protecting the planet. We also ask the Kids pick their favorite team. Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team.

All of the kids should vote for our team not only because we are the youngest, but our team is representing the highest level of training in the Nations sailing, coming from Oakcliff training center in New York. 

Sailing Information

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup

What makes me tough enough is a fully involved training regiment not just going to the gym every day but doing all of the work on our race boats. At Oakcliff Sean and I eat, breathe, and live sailboat racing.

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences?

Short-handed sailing is everything you have to do in a regular race except you have to stay two to three steps farther ahead.  

How old were you when you first went sailing?

13

How did you get into competitive sailing?

High School Sailing

Describe sailing to you in one word.

Exhilarating

In what way are you superstitious before a race?

I am not superstitious before a race. There are a lot of things that happen before and during a race, and a positive focused attitude keeps me from having to be superstitious.  

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail:

None

Please list some of your sailing career highlights

There are many races that I have won, however a big highlight for me would be winning the around long island regatta in 2016 which was the first time my co-skipper and I raced double-handed together.

What is one of your goals for your sailing career?

My biggest goal is the Volvo Ocean Race.

What is your 2018 race schedule?

In 2018 we have already kicked off our season in February with a win during the Miami to Havana Race. Lined up after the Atlantic Cup is a full racing schedule including the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race.

How did you meet your co-skipper?

I met my skipper at Oakcliff in 2015 and we started racing together from the beginning.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper?

My co-skipper is a go getter, very focused, and won’t ever give up.

What are your sailing strengths?

My strengths are that I am also very focused, positive, and hard working.

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least?

I love the challenges and endless variables when racing offshore. Decisions have to be made constantly and each one could make or break the race. What I like the least when there isn’t enough food onboard. 

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck?

I actually love being on deck whether I am alone or not, however a fear should be of getting washed off the deck. Staying clipped in and safe during maneuvers is what makes me not have to think about that fear though.

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?

What makes us a great team is that we know our limits and can get through any challenges that are thrown our way. Our training and everyday work at Oakcliff has really kept our problems solving skills very sharp.  

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race?

The biggest challenge I see in this race and for the boat would be light wind.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite?

We rate our chances very high, our team has a lot of energy and endurance.

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose?

If you don’t sleep you will lose. If a team doesn’t keep track of there sleep levels and communicate how they are feeling during the race, a team can easily make poor decisions and can even become dangerous.

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy?

We have a great set of sails for our boat this year, however pushing the sails and boat over the limit could easily cost us the race.  

Miscellaneous

What is your favorite sports team?

My favorite sports team is actually Vestas 11th hour racing, currently sailing in the Volvo Ocean Race.

What is your favorite type of music?

My favorite type of Music really varies on what I’m doing. When I’m sailing I really enjoy country music.

What your favorite song?

My favorite song is “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet?

If I could meat anyone living or dead, I would want to meet Gal Gadot.

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite?

My favorite thing to eat offshore is freeze dried Chicken Stew with Parmesan Cheese. Least favorite is Oatmeal.

What is your favorite movie line?

My favorite movie line is “You’re going to need a bigger boat!” JAWS.

What do you do to relax during your free time?

I love to spend my time on the water to relaxing with friends or going to explore new places. Adventure is my way of relaxing.

Do you have any hidden talents?

My hidden talents are photography and woodworking.

Philippe Paturel

Personal Information

Where did you grow up?

Saint-Pierre & Miquelon islands (FR)

Did you go to University? If so, where?

Yes, Caen-Normandy-France

Describe yourself in one word.

Perseverant

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports?

Yes, Hockey

Are you single, in a relationship or married? Do you have any children?

Married – 2 children (Daughter 22 – Son 27)

 Environment & Kids

The Atlantic Cup has a big sustainability message in that the event organizers try to run the race with as little impact on the planet as possible. What does taking care of the planet mean to you?

A lot ! The archipelago of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon where I live is at the forefront of maritime life treasures. This heritage is relatively fragile and we are committed to preserving it.

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them?

“ No water, no life. No blue, no green.”- A citation of Sylvia Earle.

Our theme this year is #AtCup1Thing where we want fans to commit to doing one thing for the planet. What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans?

Paperless global organization on board, avoiding plastic bottles and straws, choose reusable items if possible… the list could be long !

The Atlantic Cup also has a robust Kids program, where we teach kids about offshore racing, geography and protecting the planet. We also ask the Kids pick their favorite team. Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team.

Because our team is developing the same concept on our tiny islands with it’s 400+ members at the Sailing School where sailing lessons is compulsory in their school global program.

Sailing Information

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup?

Experience and wisdom offshore.

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences?

The art of performing and sailing properly while cohabiting positively in good intelligence with his team-mate. Respecting the boat which is the third person.

What do you think about the leg from New York to Portland?

Relatively short and interesting.

How old were you when you first went sailing?

4 years old.

How did you get into competitive sailing?

At the age of 17 after one pro season of Hockey in France.

Describe sailing to you in one word.

Freedom.

In what way are you superstitious before a race?

Not superstitious.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail:

2

Please list some of your sailing career highlights:

Tour de France à la Voile on one design from 1990 to 2000 : 1st in 1994, several podiums. Champion de Course au Large (crewed) – France in 1994. Winner first leg 2003 Transat Saguenay St.Pierre les Sables d’Olonne on OPEN 50. 8 x ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre with podium each time crewed or double handed generally on 40 footers IRC. 2 time winner of Chester Race Week NS-CND on IRC 35 and 40 footer. RORC 600 in 2017 on a Class40. Many IRC regattas in Eastern and Western US coast since 2006 on 35 and 40 footers. Division winner of Marblehead to Halifax Race in 2007. Founder of ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre since 2002.

What is one of your goals for your sailing career?

Setting up beautiful projects and navigate at a good level with quality teammates in true friendship. Sailing must above all be a pleasure but remains a competition in my eyes. And also, race soon again on a transat because on the last one the keel went down after hitting a container…

What is your 2018 race schedule?

2nd leg of Atlantic Cup and ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre on a Class40. Continue our project to build a Class40 or acquire a good second-hand one to be on the circuit from 2019 with the Transat Jacques Vabre.

How did you meet your co-skipper?

We started sailing together in the 90’s with a number of miles in common since.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper?

He is much more experienced than me with a resume even longer than the Gulf Stream ! Sylvain is a leading sailor but especially a close friend.

What are your sailing strengths?

It’s a delicate question. Perhaps patience, pugnacity, anticipation and the art of relativizing when it is necessary without letting go.

What do you like most about being offshore?

The horizon, the feeling of freedom, the need to surpass yourself but to manage your fatigue.

What do you like least?

The food ! Hard to cook a good T-Bone steak…

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck?

Falling overboard or hurting myself stupidly doesn’t usually occupy my thoughts!

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?

We have known each other for quite a few years and have often run regattas on the same boat with honorable results in a state of mind that brings us together. Our complementarity and our individual experiences mean that we do not always need to talk to understand each other.

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race?

Training double handed on a Class40 and finishing correctly this race by respecting the boat which is not ours.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup?

We come this year to test the 2nd leg of the Atlantic Cup and we will take our chances without having the big head. We remain modest, there is a platter of sailors much more experienced than us on this race. We will do our best but it is especially the fact of putting a first foot that is important to us. Who do you think is the favorite? Catherine on Eärendil.

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose?

Everything depends on the distances and time at sea. Sometimes when you have to put coal in the machine there are not many windows to sleep. You have to manage it the right way but sleep is essential even in short sequences of 20 minutes here and there. The whole thing is to fall asleep quickly and to recover well otherwise you burn yourself.

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy?

A good strategy must be conceived respecting the crew, the boat and the sails. There is only one boat per team, two crew members and a limited number of sails… so you have to manage the best with these parameters but we are at least certain of one thing is that all competitors are housed in the same company!

Miscellaneous

What is your favorite sports team?

Montreal Canadiens

What is your favorite type of music?

Soul, Blues, Rock & Roll

What your favorite song?

“Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zep

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet?

Voltaire, because “Life is tremendously boring when it is uniform”.

What’s your least favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore?

 Poor quality dry food, beurk…

What is your favorite movie line?

“The Pianist” of Roman Polanski with Adrien Brody

What do you do to relax during your free time?

Walking, reading, playing badminton.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Cooking and wine tasting.

Sylvain Barrielle

Where did you grow up?

Marseille France

Did you go to University? If so, where?

Marseille

Describe yourself in one word.

Focused

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports?

MTB

Are you single, in a relationship or married? Do you have any children?

Relationship One Daughter 19 years old

 Environment & Kids

The Atlantic Cup has a big sustainability message in that the event organizers try to run the race with as little impact on the planet as possible. What does taking care of the planet mean to you?

Keep it clean and as pristine as she was before we show up

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them?

No sea life no land life.

Our theme this year is #At Cup1Thing where we want fans to commit to doing one thing for the planet. What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans?

Keep it clean and pick up for others..

Sailing Information

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup?

It is what I do

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences?

Does not make sense, on top of that your wet and do not sleep

What do you think about the leg from New York to Portland?

Short sprint

How old were you when you first went sailing?

Very, Very, Very, Young

How did you get into competitive sailing?

French sailing program, sailing is our baseball

Describe sailing to you in one word.

Complex 

In what way are you superstitious before a race?

Nope

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail

3

Please list some of your sailing career highlights:

Few America’s cup, Match Racing, Admiral’s cup etc

What is one of your goals for your sailing career?

Class 40 events next few years

What is your 2018 race schedule?

Busy Mexico, US west coast, east coast Europe

How did you meet your co-skipper?

Been sailing together for many years +/- 20

What are the strengths of your co-skipper?

He is good and never cold he comes from St Pierre and Miquelon

What are your sailing strengths?

Very Polyvalent

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least?

It’s natural to me, as long as I am dry!

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? Fear,?

I enjoy it obviously but respect the sea and safety procedure we must follow

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?

Complementarity

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race?

Lack of preparation showing up 48 hours before start of leg two

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite?

Just here to do a clean job, New Generation boat are favorite except if we have a drifting contest

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose?

No I sleep 8 hours a night on our boat I have a very good Autopilot I call it Philippe

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy?

Need to know your sails (range angle) and how to handle them if not the story can be short and turn into a delivery quickly

Miscellaneous

What is your favorite sports team?

Depending the seasons Baseball season, football or basket ball

What is your favorite type of music?

Various

What your favorite song?

Waterboys the whole of the moon and Logic 1 800 273 8255

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you, want to meet?

Myself few years   back to have a serious discussion about the future and growing up

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite?

Food is not a pleasure offshore it is a necessity for me, I shut down on test and look at calories

What is your favorite movie line?

If you’re not first your last

What do you do to relax during your free time?

Mtb, beach, hike

Do you have any hidden talents?

Nope no talent whatsoever have to sweat everything

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