David “Dave” Hughes grew up in New York, where he learned to sail dinghies at age 13. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine, Dave fully devoted himself to the sport and teamed up with Mikee Anderson-Mitterling in the Men’s 470 class to campaign for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Though his bid for 2008 wasn’t successful, Dave stayed in the Olympic world and in a bit of a role reversal, was a US Olympic Team coach at the 2012 London Olympics, coaching Erik Storck and Trevor Moore in the 49er class. After London, Dave got back in the 470, teaming up with former rival Stu McNay to sail for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Dave is a four-time National Champion and six-time North American champion in the 470 class. He has won five World Cup gold medals and three European Championship medals (2018, 2016, 2015), as well as many other podium finishes. Dave, who has been shortlisted four times for US Yachtsman of the Year, is also an accomplished sailor outside the Olympic realm, with victories at both the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship and 2017 Etchells World Championship. He holds both bachelor and master’s degrees and was a US Senate, US House, and White House West Wing intern during years 1996-1998. In 2018, Dave was signed by the New York Yacht Club “American Magic” team challenging for the 36th America’s Cup, but is focusing 100% on the upcoming Games as he and Stu make their final preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.



Date of Birth: 01-22-78
Hometown: Ithaca, NY
Lives In: Miami, FL
Education: B.A. University of Southern Maine, M.A. (1999), University of Wales (2001)
Club: Coconut Grove Sailing Club

Sailing Achievements:

  • US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Finalist (2015, 2005)
  • US Sailing Team Sperry – Best Team Performance Award (2014, 2013)
  • Golden Torch Award (Top U.S. Result at Sailing World Cup Miami) (2017, 2016)
  • 2nd, 470, 2018 Aarhus Sailing World Championship Test Event (Aarhus, DEN), 2017
  • 1st, 470, SWC Series Round 1 – Miami (Miami, USA), 2017
  • 4th, 470, Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2016
  • 1st, 470, Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA), 2016
  • 1st, Melges 24, 2016 Melges 24 World Championship (Miami, USA), 2016
  • 3rd, 470, ISAF Sailing World Cup Final (Abu Dhabi, UAE), 2015
  • 1st, 470, ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland (Weymouth & Portland, GBR), 2015
  • 3rd, 470, Sailing World Cup Final (Abu Dhabi, UAE), 2014
  • 1st, 470, ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA), 2013
  • 3rd, Melges 24, Melges 24 World Championship (Torquay, GBR), 2011
  • 2nd, J/24, J/24 World Championship (Annapolis, MD), 2009
  • 4th, Etchells, Audi – Etchells World Championship (Melbourne, AUS), 2009