Roster: US Sailing Team Sperry
2016 U.S. Sailing Team
Fifteen Olympic-class sailors will represent the United States at the Olympic Games in August, and six Paralympic-class sailors (see below). The Olympic team hails from eight U.S. States and territories including California, Washington, Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island, Florida, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will take place from August 5-21, 2016, and the sailing events will be based at Marina da Gloria on Rio de Janeiro’s harbor front. The largest sporting event in the world, the Olympic Games will feature approximately 10,500 athletes from over 200 countries competing in 306 medal events. The sailing events will feature up to 380 athletes competing in ten classes.
Listed in Order of Date of Selection.
49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff):
For Barrows, this will be a second shot at the Olympic podium, having represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Laser class in 2008. Five-time U.S. National Champion and college sailing standout Morris will compete at his first career Olympics.
- Athlete Bio: Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.)
- Athlete Bio: Joe Morris (Annapolis, Md.)
- Barrows/Morris Team USA Selection Announcement
- Barrows/Morris Image Gallery
49erFX (Women’s Two-Person High Performance Skiff):
Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games appearances for both Henken and Scutt, who won bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull):
Two-time Moth World Champion and 2009 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Gulari will team up with college All-American Chafee in the first Olympic Games appearances for both.
- Athlete Bio: Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.)
- Athlete Bio: Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.)
- Gulari/Chafee Team USA Selection Announcement
- Gulari/Chafee Image Gallery
Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy):
Rio 2016 will be the second consecutive Olympics for Railey, a World Champion, Rolex World Sailor of the Year, three-time Pan American Games medalist and US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.
- Athlete Bio: Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
- Railey Team USA Selection Announcement
- Railey Image Gallery
Finn (Men’s One-Person Heavyweight Dinghy):
Paine, a Sailing World Cup Series Champion, has been the top-ranked American Finn sailor since 2012, and will compete in his first career Olympics.
- Athlete Bio: Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.)
- Paine Team USA Selection Announcement
- Paine Image Gallery
Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy):
The Laser North American Champion, Two-Time College Sailor of the Year and Toronto 2015 Pan American Games representative will sail at his first career Olympic Games.
- Athlete Bio: Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.)
- Buckingham Team USA Selection Announcement
- Buckingham Image Gallery
Women’s RS:X (Women’s Board):
Rio 2016 will be the first career Olympic Games for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist, who also made the podium at the 2015 RS:X U21 European Championship and won the medal race at the top-level 2016 Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta in Palma, Spain.
- Athlete Bio: Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.)
- Lepert Team USA Selection Announcement
- Lepert Image Gallery
Men’s RS:X (Men’s Board):
Pascual won the RS:ONE European Championship before making gold fleet at the 2016 RS:X Worlds, and will sail in his first career Olympics.
- Athlete Bio: Pedro Pascual (Miami, Fla.)
- Pascual Team USA Selection Announcement
- Pascual Image Gallery
Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy):
Women’s 470 (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy):
Winners of the 2015 Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Haeger and Youth World Champion Provancha will make their first career Olympic Games appearances.
- Athlete Bio: Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.)
- Athlete Bio: Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.)
- Haeger/Provancha Team USA Selection Announcement
- Haeger/Provancha Image Gallery
Men’s 470 (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy):
McNay will compete at his third consecutive Olympic Games, but his first with teammate Hughes. The veteran pair have compiled an impressive list of podium finishes at many of the world’s toughest dinghy regattas since January 2013.
- Athlete Bio: Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.)
- Athlete Bio: Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.)
- McNay/Hughes Team USA Selection Announcement
- McNay/Hughes Image Gallery
2016 U.S. Sailing Team (Paralympic)
The Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team is comprised of six sailors hailing from six different U.S. States. Each athlete qualified for the team based on the results of US Sailing’s Rio 2016 Athlete Selection Series. The Games of the XV Paralympiad will take place from September 7-18, 2016, and the sailing events will be based at Marina da Gloria on Rio de Janeiro’s harbor front. The Paralympic Games will feature approximately 4,300 athletes from 161 countries competing in 22 sports. The sailing events will feature 80 athletes from 23 nations competing in three classes. Racing is scheduled to run from September 12-17.
Sonar (Paralympic Three Person Keelboat):
- Athlete Bio: Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.)
- Athlete Bio: Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.)
- Athlete Bio: Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine)
- Sonar Team USA Selection Announcement
- Sonar Image Gallery
The United States will be represented in the three-person Sonar class by the reigning Para Sailing World Champions. Helmsman Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.) is the longest-tenured member of the U.S. national team, having campaigned for the Paralympic Games almost continuously since 1998. Doerr won his second career world title in 2016, and Rio 2016 will be his second Paralympic appearance following an 8th place performance in Beijing 2008 with different teammates. Competing with Doerr in Rio will be Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) who will both be making their first appearance at the Games.
The American Sonar team has won five medals at Sailing World Cup Miami, North America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta since joining forces seven years ago. The trio narrowly missed out on London 2012, finishing 2nd at the team trials. In 2015, Doerr, Kendell and Freund won the Sunbrella Golden Torch Award in Miami, given to the top-performing American boat at the event. They were the first Paralympic-class athletes to gain this distinction in the 26-year history of the event. The team was highly competitive during their first five years together, but reached a new level of performance in 2015 by adding coach Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) to the program. Ingham holds over 20 national and North American one-design titles, and helped Doerr, Kendell and Freund win their first world championship as a team.
SKUD-18 (Paralympic Two Person Keelboat):
- Athlete Bio: Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.)
- Athlete Bio: Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, Mass.)
- SKUD-18 Team USA Selection Announcement
- SKUD-18 Image Gallery
In the two-person SKUD-18, the American boat will be manned by a combination of fresh talent and veteran success in Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) and Beijing 2008 gold medalist Maureen McKinnon (Marblehead, Mass.). Porteous, a first-time Paralympian, teamed up with McKinnon in 2015. The Marblehead native earned the title of Paralympic Champion as the teammate of the late Nick Scandone (Fountain Valley, Calif.), and has her eyes set on adding a second medal to her collection. Coaching Porteous and McKinnon at Rio 2016 will be longtime U.S. Sailing Team Paralympic Coach and record five-time US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.).
2.4mR (Paralympic One Person Keelboat):
In the one-person 2.4mR class, Team USA will be represented by accomplished professional sailor Dee Smith (Annapolis, Md.). Smith is a veteran of the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Maxis and many other high-level racing programs over the course of his career. The Maryland native has hundreds of thousands of ocean racing miles under his belt.
Smith’s top results to date include a 5th at the 2016 Para Sailing World Championship, 6th at the 2015 Para Worlds, and a 7th at the 2015 2.4mR Open Worlds. He will be coached at Rio 2016 by U.S. Sailing Team coach Maru Urban (Salvador, Brazil).