49er

Dane Wilson

49er

Dane Wilson

Dane Wilson learned to sail when he was five years old on his dad’s Cal 20 on Lake Casitas in Ojai, CA. He was quickly inspired to progress his learning and get his own boat, jumping at the opportunity to sail Sabots as soon as he could. Dane worked his way to the front of the Sabot fleet before transitioning to Optis at age 12. His appetite for speed drew his attention to the 29er class and he teamed up with his brother Quinn to compete in the 29er. Together, the brothers competed at the Youth SailingWorld Championship twice and finished 8th overall at the 2013 Open 29er Worlds in Aarhus Denmark. After aging out of 29ers, Dane shifted gears to 49er sailing, school, and Formula Kite racing. Currently, he is on leave from pursuing his degree at UC San Diego to focus on his Olympic 49er campaign.

About

Dane Wilson learned to sail when he was five years old on his dad’s Cal 20 on Lake Casitas in Ojai, CA. He was quickly inspired to progress his learning and get his own boat, jumping at the opportunity to sail Sabots as soon as he could. Dane worked his way to the front of the Sabot fleet before transitioning to Optis at age 12. His appetite for speed drew his attention to the 29er class and he teamed up with his brother Quinn to compete in the 29er. Together, the brothers competed at the Youth SailingWorld Championship twice and finished 8th overall at the 2013 Open 29er Worlds in Aarhus Denmark. After aging out of 29ers, Dane shifted gears to 49er sailing, school, and Formula Kite racing. Currently, he is on leave from pursuing his degree at UC San Diego to focus on his Olympic 49er campaign.

Date of Birth: 02-04-95
Hometown: Ojai, CA
Lives In: Ojai, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego
Club: Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Q&A’s

How do you spend your time when you’re not training or competing?

Formula Kite Racing, photography, videography, art, school, and I’m working on a startup business with my brother Quinn.

What is essential for campaign life?

Being hyper-attentive to a recovery routine. Working hard in the gym, on the road, and on the water is the easier discipline. Being good at sleeping, eating well, getting the proper mental relaxation and time away from the competition scene is crucial, and the more challenging aspect of optimizing yourself as an athlete.

How old were you when you learned to sail?

5 years old.

What made you leave school to pursue the Olympic games?

I’ve always dreamed of going to the Olympics and was on the path early on as I was part of the Youth Olympic Development Team, but school took precedent after 2016. When Nevin gave me a call, I was really excited because he’s an insanely talented sailor and he’s extremely professional and disciplined. It was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I had no hesitation regardless of the outcome. I put school on hold and dedicated myself 100%. The experience has been incredible for me in countless ways.

Schedule

Sailing Achievements

Sailing Achievements:

  • 20th, 49er, 2020 World Championships – (Geelong, Australia),  2020
  • 13th, 49er, 2019 World Championships – (Auckland, New Zealand), 2019
  • 1st, 49er, U.S. National Championship 2019 – (Miami, Fla.), 2019
  • 8th, Formula Kite, Hydrofoil Pro Tour La Ventana, Mexico, 2019
  • 22nd, Formula Kite, Sailing World Championships, Aarhus, Denmark, 2018
  • 6th, 29er, ISAF Youth Worlds – (Limassol, Cyprus), 2013
  • 4th, 29er, ISAF Youth Worlds, (Dublin Ireland), 2012
  • 8th Overall / top American, 29er, 29er Open World Championships, (Aarhus, Denmark), 2013

Olympic Development Track

About:

Date of Birth: 02-04-95
Hometown: Ojai, CA
Lives In: Ojai, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego
Club: Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Q&A’s:

How do you spend your time when you’re not training or competing?

Formula Kite Racing, photography, videography, art, school, and I’m working on a startup business with my brother Quinn.

What is essential for campaign life?

Being hyper-attentive to a recovery routine. Working hard in the gym, on the road, and on the water is the easier discipline. Being good at sleeping, eating well, getting the proper mental relaxation and time away from the competition scene is crucial, and the more challenging aspect of optimizing yourself as an athlete.

How old were you when you learned to sail?

5 years old.

What made you leave school to pursue the Olympic games?

I’ve always dreamed of going to the Olympics and was on the path early on as I was part of the Youth Olympic Development Team, but school took precedent after 2016. When Nevin gave me a call, I was really excited because he’s an insanely talented sailor and he’s extremely professional and disciplined. It was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I had no hesitation regardless of the outcome. I put school on hold and dedicated myself 100%. The experience has been incredible for me in countless ways.

Sailing Achievements:

  • 20th, 49er, 2020 World Championships – (Geelong, Australia),  2020
  • 13th, 49er, 2019 World Championships – (Auckland, New Zealand), 2019
  • 1st, 49er, U.S. National Championship 2019 – (Miami, Fla.), 2019
  • 8th, Formula Kite, Hydrofoil Pro Tour La Ventana, Mexico, 2019
  • 22nd, Formula Kite, Sailing World Championships, Aarhus, Denmark, 2018
  • 6th, 29er, ISAF Youth Worlds – (Limassol, Cyprus), 2013
  • 4th, 29er, ISAF Youth Worlds, (Dublin Ireland), 2012
  • 8th Overall / top American, 29er, 29er Open World Championships, (Aarhus, Denmark), 2013