Abilyn Sailing is a sailing team based in Larchmont, New York focused on short-handed distance racing and cruising, with a focus on safety, seamanship, resourcefulness, and teaching the next generation about the raw power and intrinsic beauty of the ocean. The name Abilyn derives from the names of my daughters--Abigail and Dylan--and was agreed upon only after my wife vetoed Irukandji. It was a well-founded veto.
Josh Reisberg, Skipper
- Age: 36
- Home: Brooklyn, New York
- Home Club: Larchmont Yacht Club
Josh grew up in Maryland not too far from the Chesapeake Bay, but didn't start sailing until 2006 when an an inexplicable itch to pick up the sport developed following graduate studies in New York. Since then, Josh has raced on many different yachts, including as a member of Team Larchmont, which achieved 2nd place in the 2013 NYYC Invitational Cup aboard Nautor Club Swan 42s, as bowman/driver aboard Bacchanal (J/133) in the 2012 Newport-Bermuda Race, and aboard King Daddy (modified Swan 56) in the 2014 Newport-Bermuda Race.
Josh has raced the Pogo2 MIniTransat Abilyn in local long distance races including the Stamford YC Vineyard Race, Sea Cliff YC Around Long Island Race, and in the Newport YC New England Solo/Twin Championships where Josh scored second place in the solo class. In September 2014, Josh qualified for the Bermuda 1-2 Yacht Race by sailing the Mini solo out of NY Harbor and across 206 miles in the offshore waters of the NY-NJ Bight.
When he is not sailing, Josh can be found pursuing endurance activities, which include running Tough Mudder races, chasing around (or towing) his identical 7-year-old twin girls, and working as a trial attorney at Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP in New York City.
Sam Cox, Co-Skipper
- Age: 38
- Home: Brooklyn, New York
Sam Cox is a lifelong sailor from Greenwich, Connecticut. In his early career, Sam excelled as a dinghy sailor, both in fleet and team racing. His list of dinghy achievements includes 1st place in the 1997 US International 420 World Area B Championships, and being a member of the 1996 US International 420 US World Team.
Over the years, Sam developed a taste for going farther and faster. He gained berths as crew on big boats designed to tick off ocean miles--including well-known IRC maxis Bella Mente and Rima2. Sam's achievements as crew on big boats include:
- 2nd place overall, IRC Division 1, 2005 Marblehead to Halifax race
- Line honors (1st over the finish line), 2006 Centennial Newport-Bermuda Race, Bella Mente
- 3rd place overall, IRC Class 1, 2007 Marblehead to Halifax Race, Rima2
- 2nd place, Onion Patch series, 2008 Newport-Bermuda Race, Cygnette
In 2010, Sam joined Cygnette once again for the Newport-Bermuda Race, this time as driver and watch captain, taking 1st place in Class 2 of the St. David's Lighthouse Division, and 5th overall in the Division (out of 103 boats).
When Sam is not racing, he can be found working as a technology entrepreneur, investor, and executive in Manhattan, or on fishing and hunting expeditions with his dog, Pickles.
Fun fact: Sam is an enthusiast of sous vide cooking, which has resulted in some amazing offshore dining aboard the Mini. Sam also scored the top speed on the Mini so far: 17.5 knots in the 2015 Around Long Island Regatta.
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