Growing up in Southern California, Cooper Dressler spent much of his time from a young age in the ocean - surfing, sailing, and kiteboarding. A strong competitor in multiple dinghy classes, he soon became hooked on sailing high performance skiffs, racing internationally in the 29er, 49er, I-14 and 18-foot skiffs.
While completing his degree at the University of California Santa Cruz, Dressler was called to join the American Youth Sailing Force, a group of young Americans training to race AC45s in the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Their team went on to finish fifth overall out of 10. Being exposed to that level of sailing had a huge impact on him, and that’s when he realized he wanted to pursue the sport professionally.
Just two months after graduating, Dressler quit his job with a geotechnical engineering firm to sail full-time. He raced briefly in the 49er as a member of the US Sailing Development Team before turning his attention toward larger boats. It was during this time that he landed a job with ORACLE TEAM USA in San Francisco. Working part-time at first, he was eventually asked to join the team in Bermuda as shore crew for the 35th America's Cup. Always maintaining a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, Dressler’s efforts did not go unnoticed, ultimately earning him an invitation to become the team's newest sailing team member.