As persistence and luck would have it, in October 2016, Crain finally connected with 49er gold medalist Iker Martinez, of Spain, who agreed to charter his boat to the Americans. The cost for seven days would be roughly $30,000, including travel, insurance and other expenses. They footed the bill themselves, with support from a few of Crain’s Olympic donors. “I threw in every cent I personally had to cover the damage deposit,” he says. “I bet big on our team, that it would work out.”
This past November, the six current sailors of Next Generation USA — Crain, Baldridge, Matthew Whitehead, Markus Edegran, Scott Ewing, Preston Farrow — traveled to Spain to prove their collective talents on the GC32 in front of the Red Bull selection team.