“And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
Jan01

“And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”

The inspiration for our website address: John F Kennedy’s America’s Cup Speech, Newport Rhode Island, 1962 “…I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we...

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A Pilgrimage to the Gorge
Aug20

A Pilgrimage to the Gorge

In June, we spent five days adventuring in the outdoor Mecca known as the Columbia River Gorge. A sailing, kiting, windsurfing, hiking, outdoor playground unlike any other. This was the locale for the 29er Gorge Speedfest, a clinic and regatta that Dane and I were lucky enough to be coaching. We squeezed in 49er practice time and a little kiting, hiking and even were able to make a few new friends in Hood River, holy ground for the kiting community worldwide. To support the Mcbride.Wilson campaign, please consider making a donation by visiting...

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Coach Quinn Wins Silver at Youth Worlds
Jul24

Coach Quinn Wins Silver at Youth Worlds

In March of 2011, just as Dane was beginning to get serious about training as a skipper in the 29er, I received this e mail from papa Wilson: Quinn really wants to sail on Sunday if that’s still a possibility… Whatever is best for Newt and Dane. Quinn’s time will come. cw Just over 3 years later, Quinn returned home from the ISAF Youth World Championships in Tavira, Portugal last month with his crew Riley Gibbs, bouquets in hand, and silver medals hanging around their necks. With two prior ISAF Youth Worlds experiences full of emotional roller coasters, I’m sure that the silver medal this time has a tremendous amount of meaning to Quinn, and even to me it represents so much.  Over the last three and a half years, it represents thousands of hours of training on the water. It validates our training program, our theories on sail setup, and our methodical approach to strategy and tactics.  It represents a handful of draining, and highly emotional hours waiting nervously for protests to be decided.  It encompasses memories of being stuck in the freezing cold, memories of being surrounded by thunderstorms, and memories of scrambling to repair broken parts.  At this point, I have lived through moments of blood, sweat and tears (literally) with many of the people closely involved, and it is each of these moments which built character, revealed character, and ultimately made this medal so meaningful. I’ll never forget sailing with Quinn for the first time on that Sunday in 2011 in a strange easterly breeze, tacking up the coast towards Summerland in a thick bank of fog.  After about an hour of beating upwind, Quinn had a big grin on his face, as he marveled at how fast we had gotten down the coast, and how he had never been so far from the harbor before.  As Dane and I prepare for our debut on the international 49er stage, Quinn will be pushing us hard from the coach boat to be the best we can be, just as he pushed Dane and Newt to prepare for their international 29er debut, and gold fleet finish in 2011.  In the next several months, Quinn will be launching his next big endeavor and while I won’t give it away, I think it’s safe to say that, I think that he will marvel once again at how far from home he has pushed his boat and his comfort level. Congratulations to Quinn and Riley for their amazing performance!  We are very proud of you and we are so grateful to be a part of such an amazing team of...

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Endless Thank You’s
Jan05

Endless Thank You’s

One of our extended team members, Dane’s little brother and partner for the last two years is our “Guest Editor” for the day… or at least this post. Hi everyone, Quinn here. I wanted to thank McBride.Wilson for their help and support for the past two and a half years, that, as of a few days ago, has resulted in Riley Gibbs and my qualifying for the ISAF Youth Worlds in 2014. I want to thank my brother for showing me the ropes and helping coach Riley and me on our lead up to both Orange Bowl, and the qualifier at the 29er Nationals. He’s been a great partner and has evolved our technique massively since we started sailing together in 2010; and, he helped Riley specifically get tuned to the finer points of our somewhat unique approach. As far as Willie is concerned, I can’t say enough. He’s pretty much taught Dane, Riley and myself not just how to go fast, but how to prepare and compete. He’s an awesome mentor and the best support anyone can have as a coach. The results are proof of Willie’s help and Dane’s. This will be my third trip to ISAF Youth Worlds, and my second Orange Bowl victory and my very first 29er National Championship. Now it’s my turn to return the favor. While Dane is still traveling in India I’m going to step onto the 49er so Willie can get some time on the wire rather than the coach boat. There’s also a whole bunch of other people to thank including the Lewis’ in Florida for our housing, the SBYSF for all their support, CISA, Kaenon, my Mom and Dad, and Riley for stepping up and doing an awesome job! Thanks again, Quinlan Lake (USA...

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The 49er Olympic Quest
Sep23

The 49er Olympic Quest

Willie McBride and Dane Wilson team up for the love of sailing and the...

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Nautica 020 Video Featuring Willie
Sep22
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