Ryan Breymaier (right) grew up in Maryland with a passion for lacrosse, not sailing. His life took a dramatic turn at St. Mary's College of Md. From that point on, he was captivated by sailing and determined to make his passion a career. Realizing that sailing talent alone wasn't going to be enough, Ryan worked with Atlantic Spars in Annapolis, Md., after college to learn the rigging business. After a few years, Ryan took these skills to Europe where he got his big break as a rigger and shore team member for Roland Jourdain's amazingly successful Veolia IMOCA 60 campaign. Years of hard work on shore and thousands of delivery miles later, Ryan was given the opportunity to race Jourdain's old IMOCA 60, re-christened as Neutrogen_a, in the 2010 Barcelona World Race, a doublehanded nonstop race around the globe. Teamed up with Boris Herrmann, the rookie team placed a respectable fifth place, beating many established Open 60 teams racing brand new boats. Now Ryan is returning home to take on the Atlantic Cup, racing with co-skipper Jörg Riechers on the state of the art Class 40 _Mare.