49er

Dane Wilson

49er

Dane Wilson

My first sailing experience was when I was five years old sailing on my dad’s Cal20 on Lake Casitas near our home in Ojai, CA. In my early days, I began racing progressing through the Sabot fleet and eventually finished second at Nationals. After that, I moved on to compete internationally in Optimists, and won the Opti Team Racing Nationals when I was 14. I then moved into a doublehanded boat and teamed up with my brother, Quinn, in the 29er. Together, we qualified for ISAF Youth Worlds twice and finished 8th overall at the Open 29er Worlds.

After aging out of 29ers, I shifted gears to 49er sailing, school, and Formula Kite racing. Currently, I’m on leave from pursuing my degree at UC San Diego to campaign for the Olympics in the 49er. In the spring of 2019, I teamed up with my current skipper, Nevin Snow. Since then, we’ve been putting together an intense training schedule focused on qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In February of 2020, we clinched the U.S. Olympic Qualifier thanks to a personal best, 13th place finish at the 2019 49er World Championships, followed by another top 20 result at the 2020 Worlds. With the delay of the 2020 Games, we’re looking on the bright side and are planning to make the best of an additional year of preparation.

About

My first sailing experience was when I was five years old sailing on my dad’s Cal20 on Lake Casitas near our home in Ojai, CA. In my early days, I began racing progressing through the Sabot fleet and eventually finished second at Nationals. After that, I moved on to compete internationally in Optimists, and won the Opti Team Racing Nationals when I was 14. I then moved into a doublehanded boat and teamed up with my brother, Quinn, in the 29er. Together, we qualified for ISAF Youth Worlds twice and finished 8th overall at the Open 29er Worlds.

After aging out of 29ers, I shifted gears to 49er sailing, school, and Formula Kite racing. Currently, I’m on leave from pursuing my degree at UC San Diego to campaign for the Olympics in the 49er. In the spring of 2019, I teamed up with my current skipper, Nevin Snow. Since then, we’ve been putting together an intense training schedule focused on qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In February of 2020, we clinched the U.S. Olympic Qualifier thanks to a personal best, 13th place finish at the 2019 49er World Championships, followed by another top 20 result at the 2020 Worlds. With the delay of the 2020 Games, we’re looking on the bright side and are planning to make the best of an additional year of preparation.

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