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

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