Hometown: San Diego, CA
Education: Yale University, B.A.
Experience and Racing Highlights
- Two-time Women’s 470 Olympic Medalist – Bronze in 1992 with Pamela Healy; Silver in 2000 with Pease Glaser
- Women’s 470 World Champion with Pamela Healy in ’91, Won US Sailing’s Rolex Women’s International Keelboat Championship in ’87
- US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (’88, ’91, ’97 and ’00)
- Tactician and Starting Helmsman for America3 Women’s team that competed in the ’95 America’s Cup Defender Series
- Collegiate All-American in ’85
- Member of Olympic Sailing Committee, 2012-present
- Director, US Sailing Board, 2013-2015
Sailing Related Activities
- Former high school sailing coach
- Co-author of Sailing for Dummies
- Board Member, California Int’l Sailing Association – Promoting youth sailing on the west coast
- Board Member and staff for SEA San Diego – Bringing high-profile sailing events like the RC44s and AC45s to the San Diego waterfront
- Curated a permanent sailing exhibit at the local San Diego Sports Museum
- Racing my E-22 locally and occasionally taking kiteboarding lessons.
Married to yacht designer John Reichel; mother of two daughters, the eldest daughter is sailing for Yale.
Words from the Director
Sailing has brought so much to my life – friends, travel and competitive success. The dedicated volunteers and staff at US Sailing have been instrumental by providing fair rules and race management, running top-level championships and training great coaches.
I appreciate how US Sailing supports every facet of our sport from the Olympic team to entry-level community boating programs. US Sailing is providing leadership in environmental concerns and is broadening and growing our sport. I’m honored by this nomination to serve such a great organization and give back to the sport I love.