Laser Full

Chris Barnard

Laser Full

Chris Barnard

From the moment he was born, Chris was surrounded by the ocean and all the activities that go with it. Born in Newport Beach, CA, he was fortunate to have a family with a strong sailing heritage going back many generations. His grandparents introduced him to sailing at a very young age with trips to Catalina Island on their cruising sailboats. Shortly after, he started sailing on his own in the Naples Sabot in the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s junior sailing program, where he quickly became interested in the competitive side of sailboat racing. Chris became a dominant sailor on the Southern California circuit, earning him a top recruiting spot to Georgetown University. At Georgetown, he led his team to a Co-ed National Championship, received three Collegiate All-American honors, and was the 2012 Collegiate Sailor of the Year.

Even with his busy college sailing schedule, Chris stayed competitive in the Laser class, competing internationally in the summers and spending a month each winter training in Miami. Chris earned his spot on the US Sailing Team in 2012 after winning the Laser North American Championship. From there he steadily climbed the world rankings, and has competed as a US Sailing Team athlete for the past eight years. With the conclusion of the 2020 Olympic Trials, Chris is now spending time supporting the US Sailing Team’s next generation of Laser athletes as a coach for US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program.

About

From the moment he was born, Chris was surrounded by the ocean and all the activities that go with it. Born in Newport Beach, CA, he was fortunate to have a family with a strong sailing heritage going back many generations. His grandparents introduced him to sailing at a very young age with trips to Catalina Island on their cruising sailboats. Shortly after, he started sailing on his own in the Naples Sabot in the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s junior sailing program, where he quickly became interested in the competitive side of sailboat racing. Chris became a dominant sailor on the Southern California circuit, earning him a top recruiting spot to Georgetown University. At Georgetown, he led his team to a Co-ed National Championship, received three Collegiate All-American honors, and was the 2012 Collegiate Sailor of the Year.

Even with his busy college sailing schedule, Chris stayed competitive in the Laser class, competing internationally in the summers and spending a month each winter training in Miami. Chris earned his spot on the US Sailing Team in 2012 after winning the Laser North American Championship. From there he steadily climbed the world rankings, and has competed as a US Sailing Team athlete for the past eight years. With the conclusion of the 2020 Olympic Trials, Chris is now spending time supporting the US Sailing Team’s next generation of Laser athletes as a coach for US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program.

Date of Birth: 04-28-91
Hometown:
Lives In:
Education: Georgetown University
Club: Newport Harbor Yacht Club

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Sailing Achievements

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

Olympic Development Track

About:

Date of Birth: 04-28-91
Hometown:
Lives In:
Education: Georgetown University
Club: Newport Harbor Yacht Club

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