US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Regattas

In 2008, GEL worked closely with a large bank, the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, and the Saint Francis Yacht Club Foundation to organize a benefit regatta for the USSTAG. The bank's VIP clients met and raced with seven sailing legends and 2008 Silver Medalist, Zach Railey, a current member of USSTAG preparing for the Olympic Trials. The regatta raised $10,000 for the team, and laid the foundation for the USSTAG/GEL partnership.

Today, any organization wishing to give its employees, partners or clients an extremely unique, high-impact, once in a lifetime experience, can support the USSTAG and its athletes.

We can create highly customized programs involving current team members (training and competition schedule dependent), and a number of former Olympians, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veterans.

For more information, contact us via the form on this page.

Sample Schedule

12:00-12:30PM Guests Arrive & Meet USSTAG Athletes
12:30-1:30PM Lunch
1:30-1:45PM Regatta Briefing (Skipper's Meeting)
1:45-2:15PM Safety Overview & Dock Departure
2:15-3:00PM Practice
3:00-5:00PM USSTAG Regatta - 3 Short Races
5:00-5:30PM Freshen Up and Proceed to Cocktails
5:30PM Regatta Reception/Awards Ceremony

Past Benefit Regatta Athletes

Zach Railey - Zach won a silver medal in the Finn Class in the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing, China.  The Finn is considered to be the most physically demanding boat of all the Olympic Classes.  more ››

Paul Cayard– Arguably America’s most accomplished yachtsman since Dennis Conner, Paul was a member of the 1984 Olympic Sailing Team in Los Angeles as well as the 2004 team in Athens. Paul  is currently engaged in 6th America’s Cup Campaign – skippering Desefio  Espanol.  Paul has won multiple world championships including the prestigious Star Boat Class.  Not restricted to just one design or small boat sailing, Cayard skippered the winning entry in the 2000 Volvo-Around-the World Race and finished 2nd in the last Volvo despite almost losing his boat to a structural keel failure on the first leg.  Cayard, a product of the St. Francis Yacht Club junior racing program, lives in Marin County (when he’s home) with his wife Icka, son Danny (finished 5th in the 49’er class Olympic Trials last summer) and daughter, Ali. Paul is a Director of the St Francis Foundation. more ››

Russ Silvestri – Russ is also a two-time Olympian, representing the US in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul as well as the 2000 Sydney Games. Russ sails in the Finn class – generally regarded as  the most physically demanding boat in the Olympic fleet where success  at the top level is more about pain threshold than anything else.  Russ  also sailed in the America’s Cup in 1987 and 2000. Russ worked for several investment banking houses before starting his own firm, SKIRITAI Capital, a San Francisco based hedge fund. Russ lives with his wife Beth and their 3 daughters a few blocks away from the St Francis Yacht Club and somehow finds time to train and compete at an international level in triathlons. Russ is a Director of the St Francis Foundation. more ››

Morgan Larson – Raised riding the waves of Santa Cruz, CA, Morgan grew up racing sailboats. Morgan has been  a stalwart Olympic and grand-prix sailor for many years. Twice finishing runner-up in the Olympic Trials, Larson has been selected to coach 49’er and 470 class  Olympic crews preparing for the Games. Morgan has sailed in the after guard for three different syndicates in the last three America’s Cups. Larson currently skippers  the 86 ft grand prix racer “Morning Glory”.  Morgan is also an accomplished wind-surfer and  kite-boarder. Morgan recently married and the couple is traveling to regattas and trying to decide where to settle down

Jim  Barton – “Jim-Bob” represented the United States in the 2000 Sydney Games and earned a Bronze medal sailing as the bowman and headsail trimmer in the Soling Class. A lifelong sailor from Marin County,  Jim has had many other successes in sailing, including winning a J-24 World Championship. Jim is custom home builder in Marin County where he lives with his wife and son. Jim’s son is a rising star on the junior  sailing program consistently placing in the top 10 in national and international competition.

Will Baylis – “Wilbur” crewed with Bob Billingham in the 1988 Games in Seoul winning a silver medal in the Soling Class. Will also won two Soling World championships and one J-24 World Champs. Will is one of three siblings raised by San Francisco sailing legend Derek Baylis, a transplanted Aussie who spent more time in the boatyard or on the water than he did at home.  Sailing before they could walk, the Baylis kids grew up racing and building the family sailboats. Will had raced to Hawaii and was seasoned pro on San Francisco Bay before he graduated from high school.  Will is an avid wind-surfer and mountain biker. He lives in Marin County with his wife Eileen and their three children.

Bob Billingham - “Buddha” won a silver medal crewing with Will Baylis in the 1988 Games in Korea. Bob has won five world championships and has had a series of podium finishes in a dozen more. Bob was a member of the crew which won the 1992 America’s Cup in San Diego. Teaming up with Paul Cayard as skipper, Billingham managed the 2000 America’s Cup Challenge from the St Francis Yacht Club in New Zealand. Billingham has served on five US Olympic Sailing Committees and  also served as  Director of US Sailing. Bob now runs his own real-estate development consulting business managing projects throughout California and Nevada. He lives with his wife and daughter in Grass Valley, CA. Bob is Vice-Chair and a Director of the St Francis Foundation.  more ››.

Genny Tulloch grew up sailing all kinds of dinghies, from optis and lasers to 420s, 470s, and 29er skiffs, representing the US at a variety of international events, then continuing to Harvard where she graduated in 3 years and was named a 3-time All-American and Women's College Sailor of the Year. She's since become involved in more big-boat sailing, racing Melges 24s, 32s, Mumm 30s, Farr 40s, and a Transpac 52, qualifying for the Morning Light Team where she was the only female on board for the Transpac Race from Long Beach to Hawaii last summer. Genny is now focused on match racing for the 2012 Games.

Adam Lowry finished 3rd in the Olympic Trials in 2000 & 2004, and was selected as the training partner and assistant coach to the bronze-medal winning Olympic Team in Sydney.