Katie Pettibone

Katie Pettibone

Position: Select Director

Hometown: Port Huron, MI

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Miami, FL ; Juris Doctorate, McGeorge Law School, University of Pacific, CA


Katie grew up sailing on the Great Lakes with her family racing out of Port Huron Yacht Club and Detroit-based yacht clubs.  As a highly successful student-athlete, Katie competed at the highest levels in a variety of sports. However, it was in yacht racing that she had the opportunity to compete head to head as an equal with the boys. As a collegiate sailor competing with Olympians and America’s Cup athletes, Katie was selected as the youngest member of the first all women’s America’s Cup Team, Mighty Mary, in 1995. She went on to race professionally in pinnacle events in the sport and a variety of grand prix races around the world.


Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002 Amer Sports Too, Costa Smeralda, Italy

Whitbread Around the World Race 1997-1998 Team EF Education, Gotenburg

Olympic Campaigns

  • 2020- Current Mixed- Gender Offshore Campaign for 2024 Paris
  • 2014-2016 Nacra 17 Team EastonPettibone, U.S. Sailing Team, U.S. National Champions, 2nd at Trials
  • 2005 Yngling- U.S. Sailing Team, Team Baylis
  • 2010-11 Women’s Match Race- Olympic Trials, Oct. 2011, 5th

America’s Cup Campaigns

  • AREVA Challenge, Valencia, Spain  05-07’
  • America True Syndicate, Auckland, NZ  98-00’
  • America3 Syndicate, San Diego, CA 94-95’


  • Multiple Sydney to Hobart Races, including Ocean Respect Racing 2018 2nd
  • NZ Match Race Champion with Team America True Gavin Brady 1999
  • Women’s U.S. Match Race Champion with Team Wilson 2013
  • Sailing Arabia Tour, Skipper 2014, Crew 2013 and 2012 over 875 miles
  • Worrell 1000’  2001,  Extreme Cat Race 1000 nm Team Guidant 2nd overall
  • Port Huron to Mackinac Class Winner Rowdy Thomas 35, 1990
  • Current crew Formula 40 and Extreme 40 Catamaran Shadow, San Francisco, CA
  • Current Superyacht Circuit, Yacht Inoui, Briand 110 ft Trimmer


  • A member of St. Francis Yacht Club, Bayview Yacht Club, & Port Huron Yacht Club
  • Advisory member to the St. Francis sailing foundation
  • Commissioner of the California State Division of Boating and Waterways Commission
  • Member of the Port Huron Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

Statement from Katie Pettibone

US Sailing has contributed so much to the sport of sailing from the local level all the way to the international level. Sailing is both my history, my now and my future- whether it is racing at the top levels or cruising the beautiful waterways of our world. I am honored to be considered for a position of leadership in this important organization.


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