Christina Persson
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  • Hometown:
    Ft Lauderdale, FL; Oak Bluffs, MA
  • Birthdate:
    September 20, 1979
  • School:
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Member of:
    Lauderdale Yacht Club, Sail Newport

Athlete Bio:

A product of an international upbringing, Christina began her sailing career at age 8 on Martha’s Vineyard, where she immediately fell in love with the sport. She sailed competitively and taught the sport throughout her junior years, but she also developed proficiencies in other water sports, including windsurfing and kayaking. A natural athlete, Christina swam competitively at her alma mater, Carnegie Mellon, which did not have a sailing team. She has subsequently found enjoyment and success as a triathlete and in 15-kilometer obstacle course races.

Returning to sailing after college, Christina began racing Laser Radials, first in local and regional regattas, then joined the Lauderdale High Performance Race Team; her mastery soon took her to U.S. national and European competitions as well as a world championship; she produced some of her best results in the laser in 2012 and 2014. Christina then had success racing in the F-18 class during 2016 – 2017. Among other awards, she placed first in the New England 100 Distance Race at Newport, RI in August, 2016. When the Nacra 17 class was announced as a new Olympic class, Christina knew she was made for this boat as it demands a rare combination of teamwork, physical endurance, and the need for speed. She and her teammate were recently the top American boat and ninth overall at the Sailing World Cup in Miami (January, 2018). She has also participated in the New York to Bermuda Distance Event (2012) and has participated in solo distance sailing.

Professionally, Christina is an expert speaker and consultant in experience design in the tech field. She holds a dual degree in Industrial Design and Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and studied in the Executive Education program at the Harvard Business School. Christina is active in the Newport, RI and Miami, FL sailing communities, and she is affiliated with Sail Newport and the Lauderdale Yacht Club, and is a member of the US Sailing Team.

Sailing Achievements:

Top American, 9th, Foiling Nacra 17, Sailing World Cup, Miami, 2018
2nd, Foiling Nacra 17, Oakcliff Triple Crown Series #3, Oyster Bay, 2017
3rd, F-18, Wickford Regatta, North Kingston, RI, June 2017
5th, Snipe Masters World Championship, Bahamas, 2016
1st, F-18, New England 100 Distance Race, Newport, RI, August 2016
4th, Laser, Stonehorse Regatta, 2014
3rd, Laser Radial, Newport Regatta, 2012
NY–Bermuda Distance Sailing, Swan 42, 2012
Solo Distance Sailing, 2012