Bora Gulari

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Birthdate: October 22, 1975
College: University of Michigan ’00, Aerospace Engineering
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Nacra 17th Olympic Class:
  • 8th, Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • 7th, Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland, 2016
  • 12th, Sailing World Cup Miami, 2016
Non-Olympic Classes:
  • 1st, 49er North American Championship, 2001.
  • Moth World Speed Record of 30.31 knots, breaking the previous speed record of 27.9 knots
  • Two-time Moth World Champion – 2009 and 2013.
  • 2009 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (highest national annual award in sailing)
RIO 2017:Gulari teamed up with fellow Rio 2016 Olympian Helena Scutt (Kirkland, Wash.) to campaign for Tokyo 2020 in the Nacra 17, which is now a foiling class. In August 2017, Gulari suffered an injury to his hand while training, and lost part of three fingers.2016:Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) and Louisa Chafee (Warwick, R.I.) finished strong in the Nacra 17 class with a 4th place in the Rio 2016 medal race. After an impressive charge up the standings in the 2nd half of the event, the Americans finished 8th overall in the high-speed mixed multihull. “We picked up eight spots in three days in a pretty tough fleet, and I’m pretty proud of that,” said Gulari, a two-time Moth class World Champion and US Sailing Yachtsman of the Year. The pair had suffered some mishaps earlier in the event when trapeze wire breakages forced their withdrawal from Race 3 and Race 5. “If we hadn’t done that,” said Gulari, “we might have been a heck of a lot closer to the podium, and maybe even pulled it off. Who knows, but I couldn’t be more proud of Louisa or the effort we put forth together.” Press Inquiries