America’s Cup Challenger Bella Mente Quantum Racing to Keynote at Sailing Leadership Forum

New Racing Association to Focus on Energizing American Sailors

BRISTOL, R.I. (January 8, 2018) – Core members of the Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association will deliver a special keynote presentation on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Sailing Leadership Forum in St. Pete Beach, Florida, at the TradeWinds Island Resorts.

In October, Bella Mente Racing and Quantum Racing made major news by announcing that their two highly successful American based racing programs were joining forces with the New York Yacht Club in a campaign for the 36th America’s Cup.

Hap Fauth (Principal Owner), Terry Hutchinson (Skipper/Tactician), and Phil Lotz (Commodore of the New York Yacht Club) will be on hand to discuss their many goals for this exciting campaign.

This newly formed team has high hopes of returning the Cup to U.S. shores in 2021. But importantly, Bella Mente Quantum Racing has goals that go beyond winning sailing’s most prestigious competition. This syndicate is focused on building a deeper connection with the American sailing community, creating both a sense of pride for this American-based campaign, and contributing to the rebuild of competitive sailing in the U.S.

With the change in boat design to an exciting, foiling monohull, windward-leeward racing courses, and a focused strategy to inspire sports fans around the world and unite the sailing world, the 36th America’s Cup represents a unique opportunity to re-engage the grassroots of the sport and re-energize American sailing.

Bella Mente Quantum Racing is thrilled to have this special opportunity to present its overall strategy to grow the sport in the U.S. to the many leaders and influencers in the sailing industry who will be participating at Sailing Leadership Forum 2018.

Register today for Sailing Leadership Forum 2018!

US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish,
BMQR/New York Yacht Club Media Contact: Stuart Streuli,

About Sailing Leadership Forum 2018
Leaders from sail training and education, yacht club and sailing organization management, race officials, and industry professionals will meet and learn from one-another in the surroundings of this spectacular South Florida venue in St. Pete Beach at the TradeWinds Island Resorts. Organized by US Sailing, the Forum will offer keynote speaker presentations and focused group sessions on a wide range of topics. The Sailing Leadership Forum will feature lively and fun social events, hands-on activities, exhibitor displays and demonstrations, pre- and post- forum clinics and seminars for instructor certification, race management seminars, Safety at Sea Courses, and much more.

If you missed out on the Sailing Leadership Forum in 2016 or 2014 or inspired to keep the momentum going strong and advance these critical conversations, meet us in St. Pete Beach and bring a friend! Register today!

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the National Governing Body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit