About the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Harken Team McLube and Yale Cordage. Jaguar Therapeutics is an official fitness center. Oakcliff Sailing Center and Clearwater Community Sailing Center are official training centers.
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee
Josh Adams (2005 – present) – Managing Director, U.S. Olympic Sailing
Josh is the Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing, leading US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Adams has an extensive background in Olympic sailing. As an elite competitor and member of the U.S. Sailing Team in 1995-96, he finished second at the 1996 Olympic Trials in the 470. He has been a member of the Olympic Sailing Committee since 2005. He was a three-time ICSA All-American at Tufts University, where he graduated from in 1994. Adams led his team to two ICSA Team Racing National Championships. He is also a Team Racing World Champion and was a sailor/coach for New York Yacht Club’s Young America’s Cup Challenge in 2000.
Ben Richardson (2008 – present) – OSC Chairman
Ben competed in 4 Olympic Trials in the Laser and Soling, finished 5th in the Pan Am Games in the Laser and is a national and world champion. He lives in Gloucester, MA and is a partner in an investment advisory firm in Boston.
Ed is a two-time champion in the Star class at the Olympic pre-regatta series, and a Star world champion in 1987. He is a two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (1987, 1991). Ed served as a coach of the US Olympic Sailing team of 2000 and 2004, while also participating at the 2000 America’s Cup as navigator onboard of Young America. Among his career highlights are titles at the Laser Nationals, Laser Master Worlds, Fastnet Race and Commodore’s Cup. He is a two-time College All American from University of Rhode Island where he majored in journalism. He is a professional sailor/consultant and sailing coach.
Gary Bodie (1998-present)
Gary served as US Sailing’s High Performance Director from 1998-2008 and under his leadership the Olympic Sailing Program won eight medals at the Olympic Games, five medals at the Paralympic Games, and 12 medals at the Pan American Games. Since 2008, he has served as the regatta chairperson for ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, the largest Olympic and Paralympic class regatta in North America.
Andrew Campbell (2013)
Andrew was a member of the 2008 Olympic Team in the Laser, and a member of the US Sailing Team in the Laser and Star classes (2011-2011). His career highlights include a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games (Laser); gold medal at the 2005 World University Games; and a gold medal at the ISAF Youth World Championship (Laser). He is the 2006 College Sailor of the Year and a four-time All American at Georgetown University, where he earned a B.S. in Foreign Service. Andrew is a professional sailor and coach, and the director of the CISA Advanced Racing Clinic held annually in Long Beach, Calif.
Carol Cronin (2004-present)
Carol was a member of the 2004 Olympic Team in the Women’s Keelboat discipline and a bronze medalist at the 2004 Yngling Worlds. She is the managing editor for boats.com and the author of three novels; the latest, Game of Sails, is an Olympic love story. She lives in Jamestown, R.I.
JJ Fetter (2013)
JJ has competed as a skipper in the Women’s 470 in two Olympic Games for Team USA. She won a Bronze Medal with crew Pamela Healy in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and a Silver Medal with crew Pease Glaser in Sydney in 2000. She is a multiple National, European and World Champion and is a four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. JJ became a Board member of US Sailing in 2012. She lives in La Jolla, California.
Serge Jorgensen (2004 – present)
Serge served as US Sailing’s Disabled Team Head Coach from 1998-2004, and was named 2002 Coach of the Year. Under his leadership, Team USA won a bronze medal at the 1996 Paralympic Games, a silver at the 2000 Games and a silver and a bronze at the 2004 Games. He served as president of the International Federation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) from 2004-2008. Serge is the CTO of an international Cyber-Security and Forensics firm and lives in Sarasota, Fla.
Zack has been the Head Varsity Sailing Coach at Yale since 2002, and led the program to five national championships and to the 2009 Fowle Trophy for team of the year. As an undergraduate at Yale, he was named an All-American and served as the captain of the sailing team. Leonard is a four- time US Team Racing Championship (Hinman Trophy) and the UK Team Racing Champion (Wilson Trophy). He’s won US and Canadian National Championships in the Tornado and a US title in the Vanguard 15. Leonard has served as the head coach of the US International 420 team since 2001, a coach of the US Olympic Sailing team at numerous world championships and a coach for the US squad at the 1993 Goodwill Games. During 2011 Leonard served as coach of the Women’s 470 Class for the US Olympic team. Leonard was named US Sailing’s 2006 National Coach of the Year. He was a member of the US Sailing Team in the Tornado multihull. He lives in Branford, Conn.
Pete Spaulding (2012-present)
Pete represented the U.S. in the 2004 Olympic Gamess in the 49er, finishing 5th with teammate Tim Wadlow. He was on the U.S. Sailing Team from 2001-2007 and is a member of the Boston College Athletic Hall of Fame. Pete is a director at Fullpower Technologies and lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
Tim Wadlow (2009-present)
Tim represented the 49er class in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. He earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University where he was the 1997 College Sailor of the Year. Wadlow lives in Beverly, Mass. and is the co-owner of a small manufacturing company.
U.S. Olympic Sailing Program Staff
Managing Director, U.S. Olympic Sailing
High Performance Director
Two-time Olympic medalist Charlie McKee is the High Performance Director. His responsibilities include managing all on-the-water elements of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, including the coaching program, technical development and youth development with a goal of enabling U.S. sailors to reach the highest level of competition for the next Olympic and Paralympic quadrenniums. A medalist at the ISAF Youth World Championships (Laser class), McKee brought home two Olympic Games medals (bronze 470, 1988 and bronze 49er, 2000), and was the coach of the U.S. Olympic windsurfing team for the 1992 Olympic Games in which USA brought home a silver medal.
Olympic Communications Manager
Olympic Finance Coordinator
Luther Carpenter, Senior Olympic Coach
Luther Carpenter has been an Olympic coach at US Sailing for over 20 years and attended six Olympic Games with Team USA. His Olympic coaching career started before the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games where he was the training partner for Charlie McKee and John Shadden, who went on to win a bronze medal in the Men’s 470. Since then, Carpenter has had a direct hand in Team USA’s success, including serving as coach to Anna Tunnicliffe when she won a gold medal in the Laser Radial at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Leandro Spina, Olympic Coach
Romain Bonnaud, Olympic Coach
Betsy Alison, Paralympic Coach