Atlantic Cup veterans Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligné are teaming up for the first time for the 2016 race. This will be the first time Mike has raced his new boat in the Atlantic Cup. Tristan is a veteran of two previous Atlantic Cups and a lot of Bermuda 1-2s. Tristan is one of the more experienced American short-handed sailors and has at least one big shiny trophy on his mantel piece. Toothface II has been through a season of professional tuning and will be among the fastest boats in the fleet. So this experienced team will be one to watch.
Where did you grow up? All over. California, Hawaii, Washington D.C. My Father was a U.S. Naval Officer
Did you go to University? If so, where? M.I.T. Class of 1978. I dropped out in my senior year to start my company.
Describe yourself in one word. Dynamic.
Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? Basketball, Poker (won prize money at world series of poker 7 card stud Hi-Lo event a few years ago)
Family. Married. Wife Laura, Daughter Mackenzie, son Christopher.
Sailing Information How old were you when you first went sailing? 8 or 9
How did you get into competitive sailing? 10 years ago
Describe sailing to you in one word. Exhilarating
In what way are you superstitious before a race? I always wear my lucky red Patagonia shirt to start!
What is one of your goals for your sailing career? Solo Transat.
What are your sailing strengths? Checkbook(!) Navigation.
What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? Independence and self-reliance. Hate bad storms.
What is your favorite sports team? Boston Bruins!
What is your favorite type of music? Alternative Rock.
What is the most played song on your I-pod? No Ipod, I run a record store chain!
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? Ghandi.
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite? Favorite – Good freeze dried. Least – Bad freeze dried.
What is your favorite movie line? “I don’t have time to Bleed!” – Jesse Ventura in Predator.
What do you do to relax during your free time? Beach, Skiing, Call of Duty.
Do you have any hidden talents? Chess (L.A. high school champion) Poker.
Where did you grow up? Newport, RI
Did you go to University? If so, where? College of Charleston, SC
Describe yourself in one word. Passionate
Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? Basketball & Golf
Family. Engaged and soon to be married to Kaitlyn Rose and yes, we’re going sailing for our honeymoon.
What does taking care of the planet mean to you? Obviously we as humans have had a negative impact on the planet but it’s still an incredibly beautiful place. If we can get to a point where our impact is no longer increasing and future generations are able to enjoy this world as we do now, I think that would be a success.
If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? Plastic…if there is just one thing you do please don’t throw plastic in the ocean. Oh, and cigarette butts…it’s amazing to me that smokers just throw cigarette butts wherever they like as if it’s not trash. It’s garbage people! And most of it finds it’s way in to the ocean.
Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team. We have the best logo, and we represent a company that sells fart machines…what’s cooler than that?? I was a newborn in a picnic basket on my parents C&C 27, Firefly. Probably could not get away with that today.
How did you get into competitive sailing? My dad would drag me racing on our family boat when I was young. Healing over would scare me to tears! Now I love screaming through a dark night at 20kts in the middle of the ocean. Thanks dad!
Describe sailing to you in one word. Freedom
In what way are you superstitious before a race? None. A good night sleep and breakfast before leaving the dock.
Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: Zero, but that will change.
What is one of your goals for your sailing career? Compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre and Route du Rhum. And win the Atlantic Cup!
What is your 2016 race schedule? Miami – Cuba race on some boat called Dragon. Atlantic Cup, Newport-Bermuda, Offshore 160, Solo-Twin, Ida Lewis Distance race.
How did you meet your co-skipper? I met Mike on his first Class 40 test sail in 2007 I believe. We’ve become friends over the years sailing against one another but this is our first event together.
What are the strengths of your co-skipper? It’s a secret. Mostly because I don’t know yet! But I’ve heard Mike is a very good navigator.
What are your sailing strengths? Experience single handed and double handed sailing. I know how to manage myself and the boat without breaking either one. I think I’m better at making the boat go fast over navigating so hopefully Mike and I compliment each other in that regard.
What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? I like the challenge, the solitude, the beating, the beauty…it’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t been there. There’s very little that I don’t like…maybe sailing in the rain.
What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? I don’t fear anything on deck. I’m aware of falling overboard but that’s so scary that I don’t even think about it.
What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? We’re going to find out!
What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? Certainly it will be that Mike and I haven’t sailed very much together and although I’ve done quite a bit of Class 40 sailing, Toothface is a new boat to me.
How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? It’s going to be hard. I don’t know what to expect. There are a couple of fully pro teams coming from Europe and I think they’ll be tough with fully optimized boats and a lot of experience. I just want to beat that Mick Jagger looking dude….Windsor is it??
What do you think about the new leg from New York to Portland? I think from a racing standpoint it’s a great change. It’s a longer of course which will create more tactical options versus the previous years shorter leg to Newport. But I will miss sailing into Newport! Maybe not the Block Island decision part which has not been a career highlight of mine…
Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? False, sleep is one of the keys to success. You can certainly sleep too much…but without some rest you’re done.
Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy? It’s huge, especially at this distance where the racing will be very close. It’s not just the sail breaking, it’s the several minutes or more you will lose trying to recover and then change the sail. The Atlantic Cup finishes are so close that any mistake or breakage will be very costly.
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