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Racing is in the genes for Oracle tactician

Following in his father’s footsteps: Campbell is competing in his first America’s Cup, his father raced in three

Andrew Campbell is a four-time All-American college sailor and Olympian who is carrying on the family business — racing in the America’s Cup.

“My father was involved with the America’s Cup before I was born,” Campbell said. “He raced in the Cup in 1983, 1992 and 1995.”

Campbell is on his first America’s Cup campaign, serving as tactician with Oracle Team USA, and providing a critical link between the coaching, sailing and design teams. It’s a natural development considering his childhood.

“My dad and I used to have arguments with the spoons on the kitchen table about how to get through different situations on the race course,” he said.

“I learned a lot from that about the process and about learning and about becoming a better sailor by becoming a student of the game.”

After his successful college career leading his Georgetown University team to three national championships, Campbell went to the Olympic Games in 2008, representing the United States in the Laser class.

And that’s how Campbell made a connection with Tom Slingsby, the Oracle Team USA sailing team manager and a gold medal-winner in the Laser in 2012.

“Working here at Oracle Team USA is a dream come true for any sailor,” Campbell said. “I wake up every day excited to come to work. We’re all working towards the same goal — to win the America’s Cup.”