Chris Barnard
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  • Hometown:
  • Birthdate:
    April 28, 1991
  • School:
    Georgetown University
  • Member of:
    Newport Harbor Yacht Club

Athlete Bio:

Chris was born and raised in Newport Beach, California, growing up in a family with a strong sailing tradition. He spent his childhood like any other young, competitive kid by participating in organized sports leagues such as soccer, basketball, and baseball. Additionally, he took part in other outdoor activities such as skateboarding, bodysurfing, and snowboarding. He was introduced to sailing at a very young age during trips to Catalina Island with his grandparents on their cruising sailboats. He began sailing on his own at age 8 in the Naples Sabot when he entered the junior sailing program at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. He immediately fell in love with the sport and began to focus his competitive nature on sailing. He dominated the junior sailing circuit in Southern California, capping off his Naples Sabot career with a win at the 2005 Junior Sabot Nationals.

Chris moved onto Newport Harbor High School and joined the nationally ranked sailing team. During his high school sailing career, he was an integral member of four National Championships, the leading skipper in three of those championships. Additionally, he competed in the youth sailing circuit around the country as well as internationally in Club 420’s, International 420’s, Lasers, Club Flying Juniors, and Governor’s Cup 21’s. In each class he achieved an incredible amount of success by consistently winning at the national level as well as placing at international championships across a wide variety of classes over a four-year period.

Recognized as the nation’s top recruit coming out of high school, Chris chose to attend Georgetown University because of their great sailing program and prestigious academics. He enrolled in the McDonough School of Business and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. He joined the top ranked team looking to learn from the best and rise to the top again. He matched and exceeded those high expectations by leading his team to a Coed National Championship, receiving three Collegiate All-American honors, recognized as the Collegiate Sailor of the Year in 2012, and a finalist in 2013, the most prestigious individual award in collegiate sailing.

“To receive this honor was something I’ve always strived for and wanted to earn. However, receiving it now means more than I could have envisioned because of the personal struggles I went through over the last few years, and particularly this last season. I committed really hard to the physical and psychological development of my skills, put in a ton of work, and had a great support system and team behind me that led to this performance.”

While attending school at Georgetown, Chris kept in touch with the Laser class by competing internationally over the summer months as well as competing in the annual Miami Olympic Classes Regatta in January. Each year he continued to improve, most notably qualifying for the US Sailing Olympic Development Team and becoming the North American Champion in 2012.

Chris has continued to succeed on the Olympic circuit and climb the world rankings. Chris is now a 3-time North American Champion, finishing as top American the last three World Championships, and an acting member of the 2018 US Sailing Team.

Sailing Achievements:

  • 2014-2018 US Sailing Team
  • 13th Laser World Championships 2017
  • 13th Laser World Championships 2015
  • 15th ISAF World Championships 2014
  • 3x Laser North American Champion
  • 2012 Collegiate Sailor of the Year
  • 2012 Collegiate Coed Dinghy Fleet Race National Champion
  • 3x Collegiate All-American
  • US Sailing Olympic Development Team (2009 & 2012)
  • 2009 Laser Radial Youth Worlds (5th)
  • 4x Member of High School National Championship Teams
  • 2008 Governor’s Cup Champion
  • 2x 420 Midwinter Champion
  • 2005 Jr. Sabot National Champion