Argo is led by American Jason Carroll and began competing in 2007 in the Melges 32 class. Since then the team has won Melges 32 World Championship twice, the U.S. National Championship twice and the European Championship. The team has also been active in other classes winning the 2013 Viper North American Championship as well as many class victories with their Gunboat 62 Elvis. Argo acquired its GC 32 in October 2014 and immediately broke the Around Jamestown outright record. Argo finished third in the GC 32 class at Key West Race Week and competed in the Cowes Cup in 2015.
Since then the US team has competed in two full season of the GC32 Racing Tour. In 2016 Carroll’s team rounded off the season on a high with a second place finish overall at Marseille One Design, tied on points with Malizia in the Owner-Driver Championship but winning on countback.
In 2017, Argo was second to Realteam in the overall GC32 Racing Tour championship and second too, this time to Mamma Aiuto! in the Owner-Driver ranking for the year. For 2018 there is only one way to go…UP!
The crew line-up for 2018 will be the same as it was in 2017 comprising Antony Kotoun former Luna Rossa America’s Cup and Extreme Sailing Series winner Alister Richardson, plus Scott ‘Chuck’ Norris and Mike Kushner. New addition to the team for 2018 is uber-coach Philippe Presti, who has spent these last years fulfilling this function for Oracle Team USA.
“After three seasons the GC 32 is now part of our team’s DNA,” says Carroll. T”he high level of racing, coupled with the flawlessly run events make it an easy decision to come to Europe every summer.
“The boat is technically very challenging to sail, and thus very rewarding when you get it right! The tight one-design controls give me confidence that it all comes down to the sailing.”
As to the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour venue line-up: “We always love going to Riva and are excited to start the season there. Likewise Villasimius and Palma, both places we love to sail and are comfortable with. We’re excited to check out Lagos and Toulon as they look like outstanding venues.”
SKIPPER-HELM: JASON CARROLL
Two time Melges 32 World Champion, Melges 32 US National Champion, Viper 640 North American Champion.
MAINSHEET: ANTONY KOTOUN
From: US Virgin Islands
J/24 World Champion, Moth sailor and two time Melges 32 World Champion with Team Argo
BOW/BOARDS: MIKE KUSCHNER
From: Minnesota, USA
Former Tornado and 29er sailor, currently campaigning for Rio 2016 in the 49er.
Quantum Key West Race Week – 3rd
Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour Cowes Cup – 5th
GC32 Riva Cup – 7th
GC32 Malcesine Cup – 4th
Copa del Rey MAPFRE – 5th
Marseille One Design – 2nd
Overall – 4th
Owner-driver Championship – 1st
GC32 Championship – 9th
GC32 Riva Cup – 4th
GC32 Villasimius Cup – 1st
Copa del Rey MAPFRE – 2nd
GC32 Orezza Corsica Cup – 2nd
Marseille One Design – 7th
Overall – 2nd
Owner-driver Championship – 2nd