David Hughes
  • Boat Class:
    Men's 470
  • Hometown:
    Miami, Fla.
  • Birthdate:
    January 22, 1978
  • School:
    B.A. University of Southern Maine, M.A. University of Wales
  • Member of:
    Coconut Grove Sailing Club

Athlete Bio:

Dave Hughes grew up in New York where he learned to sail dinghies at age 13. After attending the University of Southern Maine, Hughes fully devoted himself to the sport, and teamed up with Mikee Anderson-Mitterling in the Olympic 470 class. The pair sailed well together and were a favorite to win Olympic selection for Beijing 2008, but narrowly lost to future teammate Stu McNay and his then-crew Graham Biehl.

After the 2008 trials, Hughes spent time coaching the American 49er team of Erik Stork and Trevor Moore. With Hughes’ guidance, the pair earned selection to the London 2012 games and finished fifteenth overall, despite an injury to Moore. After the games, McNay split with Biehl and propositioned Hughes to join him for the Rio 2016 quadrennium. After spending the 2012 quad coaching, Hughes was eager to return to the Olympics as a sailor.

Hughes and McNay went on to perform well at several World Championship events, and the pair finished in fourth place at the Games in Rio. This quad, they are looking to crack the podium, and have so far proved themselves worthy contenders at several events.

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

Expanded Sailing Resume:

  • 9th, 470, Hempel World Cup Series Genoa (Genoa, ITA), 2019
  • 4th, 470, Hempel World Cup Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2019
  • 6th, 470, ASAF Cup – JSAF Enoshima Olympic Week (Enoshima, JPN), 2018
  • 5th, 470, 2019 World Cup Series – Round 1, Enoshima (Enoshima, JPN), 2018
  • 7th, 470, Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 (Aarhus, DEN), 2018
  • 1st, 470, USA 470 National Championship (Oyster Bay, USA), 2018
  • 7th, 470, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2018
  • 2nd, 470, 470 European Championship (Bourgas, BUL), 2018
  • 10th, 470, 49th Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia (Palma De Majorca, ESP), 2018
  • 7th, 470, 2018 World Cup Series – Round 2, Miami (Miami, USA), 2018
  • 4th, 470, 470 North American Championships (Miami, USA), 2017
  • 8th, 470, ASAF Cup – Enoshima Olympic Week (Enoshima, JPN), 2017
  • 7th, 470, 470 World Championship (Thessaloniki, GRE), 2017
  • 4th, 470, Sailing World Cup Final – Santander (Santander, ESP), 2017
  • 7th, 470, Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia – Iberostar (El Arenal, ESP), 2017
  • 5th, 470, Sailing World Cup Hyeres (Hyeres, FRA), 2016
  • 3rd, 470, 470 European Championship (Palma de Majorca, ESP), 2016
  • 2nd, 470, Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia (Palma de Majorca, ESP), 2016
  • 8th, 470, 470 South American Championship (San Isidro, ARG), 2016
  • 1st, 470, 470 North American Championship (Miami, USA), 2016
  • 1st, 470, USA 470 National Championship (Miami, USA), 2016
  • 7th, 470, Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 (Rio 2016 Test Event) (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2015
  • 4th, 470, 470 South American Championship (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2015
  • 1st, 470, Open European Championships (Aarhus, DEN), 2015
  • 1st, 470, North American Championship (Miami, USA), 2015
  • 7th, 470, Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia (Palma de Majorca, ESP), 2015
  • 1st, Melges 24, Quantum Key West Race Week (Key West, USA), 2015
  • 5th, 470, World Championship (Santander, ESP), 2014
  • 2nd, 470, 470 South American Championship (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2014
  • 8th, 470, Open 470 European Championships (Athens, GRE), 2014
  • 7th, 470, Kiel Week, (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2014
  • 8th, 470, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres (Hyeres, FRA), 2014
  • 9th, 470, ISAF Sailing World Cup (Palma de Majorca, ESP), 2014
  • 3rd, 470, ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA.), 2014
  • 5th, Melges 24, Sperry Top-Sider – Melges 24 World Championship (San Francisco, USA), 2013
  • 6th, 470, 470 World Championship (La Rochelle, FRA), 2013