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About The US Sailing Team
The US Sailing Team 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 Groupe Benetaeu, 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.
Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing
Two-time Olympic Champion and seven-time World Champion Malcolm Page is the Chief of Olympic Sailing, the head of the national team and overall U.S. Olympic sailing effort. Page is widely considered the most successful Olympic-class sailor in Australian history. He was honored with a place on the Australian Institute of Sport’s “Best of the Best” list in 2011, and in October 2016 was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Page served as Head of Media for World Sailing, and prior to that worked as a Communications Consultant at the Australian telecommunications company Telstra. Page also brings extensive experience in athlete management to his role, as he was the Chef de Mission for the Australian Team at the Pacific Games, served for seven years on the World Sailing Athletes’ Commission and was Captain of the Australian Sailing Team from 2005-2012.
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.
Senior Olympic Coach
Luther Carpenter has been an Olympic coach at US Sailing for over 25 years and has attended eight Olympic Games with Team USA. He is the most successful Olympic sailing coach in U.S. history, and one of the best in the history of the sport, having guided athletes to five medals in an unprecedented four different classes.
Olympic Development Director
Following an extensive and distinguished early coaching career with experience at all levels of the sport, Leandro Spina joined the US Sailing Team in 2008 as a national team coach. In 2015, he was named Olympic Development Director, and is charged with running the Olympic Development Program (ODP).
Olympic Development Program Manager (Contact For All Questions Related to the ODP)
A U.S. Olympian and World Champion, Vandemoer works with sailors, families, coaches, host organizations and youth sailing stakeholders to assist with the day-to-day and strategic management of the Olympic Development Program (ODP).
Willie comes from a dinghy sailing background with top finishes in the 29er, I420, and 470 classes, and spent time campaigning in the 49er class. With his calculated approach to coaching, Willie is the master of process design, and can help any team create a system for success. Willie coached the 49er FX class at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janiero, and is currently a US Sailing Olympic Coach.
Communications Manager (Contact For General Team Inquiries, Media and Press)
Commercial Manager (Contact For All Sponsorship Questions)