In a letter to his twin babies, Oracle Team USA sailor Andrew Campbell explains how they came to be born in Bermuda.
“We came all the way out here to win the America’s Cup,” Campbell says in a touching video he posted last year on social media.
“It’s the oldest trophy in international sport, every sailor’s dream.”
Margaux and Wolf Campbell may not remember the 35th America’s Cup, beginning Saturday with the qualifiers in Bermuda, after organizers pushed the start back a day due to high winds and rain. But they’ll hear stories and they can watch the video their dad made while training with Oracle as one of the team’s tacticians.
The Campbells are a sailing family. Andrew’s father, Bill Campbell, is a three-time America’s Cup sailor who was part of Bill Koch’s team that won the Cup in 1992. Bill met his wife, Sherri, who is also a sailor, at a regatta.
Andrew Campbell met his future wife, Jacqueline Schmitz, at Georgetown, where they were both members of the sailing team. After becoming a four-time All-American, he would go on to compete in the Laser class at the 2008 Olympics.
“I went once and I didn’t do as well as I would have liked,” Campbell says in the video of his Olympic experience. “There were a lot of opportunities to walk away from sailing or try something else. But despite how frustrating it could be at times, I never gave up. I kept trying to get better.”
He joined Oracle in 2014 during a training camp in Sydney and moved to Bermuda in April 2015. The twins were born in July.
“It was a wild…