Laser

Charlie Buckingham

Laser

Charlie Buckingham

Representing the United States in the Olympic arena has been a dream of mine since I was probably ten years old. Right after college, rich of 4-years of intercollegiate sailing, I competed for a spot at the London 2012 Games, but with no full-time Olympic experience, I did not make the cut. For the 2016 selection, I was definitely more experienced and logged in four extra years of preparation behind me, so it was quite different. This time around, I felt like I was ready for it.
So it was a very special moment when I was selected to carry the flag in the Laser Class for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Team.

The Laser fleet is renowned for its depth of talent and the margin of error is pretty small. You get punished for every little mistake you make in this fleet. It makes racing a challenge, but that’s why I like it. I really enjoy lining up against the best in the world, and really testing myself.

Soon after Rio 2016, I decided to invest full-time in a campaign for Tokyo 2020 to match the strenuous requirements of Olympic training and the high level of competition within the Laser Class.

About

Representing the United States in the Olympic arena has been a dream of mine since I was probably ten years old. Right after college, rich of 4-years of intercollegiate sailing, I competed for a spot at the London 2012 Games, but with no full-time Olympic experience, I did not make the cut. For the 2016 selection, I was definitely more experienced and logged in four extra years of preparation behind me, so it was quite different. This time around, I felt like I was ready for it.
So it was a very special moment when I was selected to carry the flag in the Laser Class for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Team.

The Laser fleet is renowned for its depth of talent and the margin of error is pretty small. You get punished for every little mistake you make in this fleet. It makes racing a challenge, but that’s why I like it. I really enjoy lining up against the best in the world, and really testing myself.

Soon after Rio 2016, I decided to invest full-time in a campaign for Tokyo 2020 to match the strenuous requirements of Olympic training and the high level of competition within the Laser Class.

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

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Sailing Achievements

Sailing Achievements:

  • 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

About:

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

Sailing Achievements:

  • 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)

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