Laser

Charlie Buckingham

Laser

Charlie Buckingham

The Olympic spark was lit in my mind while watching the Sydney 2000 games on TV. I was new to sailing at the time, loving it, and the match race for gold between Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt caught my attention and inspired me. Around that time I continued to progress in the Naples Sabot class, eventually graduating to CFJ’s and 420’s in high school, and finally the Laser in College. I competed for a spot at the London 2012 Games right after graduating from Georgetown University, but didn’t make it. From there I set my sights on 2016 and did everything I could to achieve my dream. Given the build-up and length of time from when I was first inspired to go to the Olympics, qualifying for Rio 2016 was a very special moment for me. Finishing 11th at the Olympics left me wanting more and soon after Rio 2016 finished I decided to invest in another campaign for Tokyo 2020.

About

The Olympic spark was lit in my mind while watching the Sydney 2000 games on TV. I was new to sailing at the time, loving it, and the match race for gold between Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt caught my attention and inspired me. Around that time I continued to progress in the Naples Sabot class, eventually graduating to CFJ’s and 420’s in high school, and finally the Laser in College. I competed for a spot at the London 2012 Games right after graduating from Georgetown University, but didn’t make it. From there I set my sights on 2016 and did everything I could to achieve my dream. Given the build-up and length of time from when I was first inspired to go to the Olympics, qualifying for Rio 2016 was a very special moment for me. Finishing 11th at the Olympics left me wanting more and soon after Rio 2016 finished I decided to invest in another campaign for Tokyo 2020.

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

Q&A’s

When did you start sailing?

Age 8

When not sailing, what do you do?

I enjoy surfing, traveling and music.

What are your 2020 goals?

Win an Olympic Medal

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My father, family, Tom Curren, Michael Jordan

What are three words to describe you?

Competitive, Persistent, Authentic

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Qualifying for the Rio Olympics, Winning Bronze in the 2019 Pan American Games


Schedule

Sailing Achievements

Sailing Achievements:

  • 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)


Olympic Development Track

2009-Present


About:

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

Q&A’s:

When did you start sailing?

Age 8

When not sailing, what do you do?

I enjoy surfing, traveling and music.

What are your 2020 goals?

Win an Olympic Medal

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My father, family, Tom Curren, Michael Jordan

What are three words to describe you?

Competitive, Persistent, Authentic

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Qualifying for the Rio Olympics, Winning Bronze in the 2019 Pan American Games


Sailing Achievements:

  • 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)

Olympic Development Track

2009-Present