*Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Member

Charlie Buckingham grew up close to the ocean in Newport Beach, California and became comfortable with the water at an early age. He started crewing for his dad in local events and at age eight learned to sail on his own in the Naples Sabot. From there, Charlie progressed through the local, national, and collegiate sailing ranks, developing the confidence to pursue an Olympic campaign. Since Charlie started racing full time in 2011, he has represented Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics, qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and won a Bronze medal at the 2019 Pan American Games. Outside of sailing, Charlie is passionate about surfing, traveling, and music.



Date of Birth: 01-16-89
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Lives In: Costa Mesa, CA
Education: Georgetown University, 2011
Club: Newport Harbor Yacht Club

Sailing Achievements:

  • 1st overall, Laser, 2020 Italian Olympic Class Championship, Follonica, Italy
  • 6th overall, Laser, 2020 Laser European Championship, Gdansk, Poland
  • 4th overall, Laser, 2020 Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
  • 2 Time ICSA Sailor of the Year
  • Georgetown University Male Athlete of the year 2011
  • 11th overall, Laser, Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • 2nd overall, Laser, ISAF Sailing World Cup Series 2011-12
  • 7th overall, 2015 Olympic Test Event, Rio de Janeiro
  • 7th overall, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship
  • Two-time College Sailor of the Year (’09, ’11)
  • Four-time ICSA All-American
  • Skipper, 2013 TeamUSA45 challenge for the Youth America’s Cup
  • Silver, 2017 Delta Lloyd Regatta (Laser)
  • Bronze, 2017 Sailing World Cup Final (Laser)