The OAAOT effort began as a brainchild in January. The idea was to create real competitive offshore opportunities for young American sailors. This task was daunting because of several constraints: money, organization, a boat, talented sailors and carving enough time out of each of our busy lives in order make a remarkable idea an actuality. It is safe to say that, while our camaraderie has grown and we have ticked off goal after goal, we have all developed a real sense of achievement. Boat work began in April. We have since trained, worked, and sailed in three races, the Round Block Island, the Annapolis to Newport and the Transatlantic Race. There are several unique challenges that we have overcome that don’t exist for other teams (certainly not offshore maxi-racing programs).