Laser Radial

Erika Reineke

Laser Radial

Erika Reineke

Erika Reineke, a native to Fort Lauderdale, FL, began sailing at age eight in the Optimist dinghy. She took to the boat quickly and by age 12 was hooked on racing. Erika quickly began collecting accolades, including two consecutive gold medals at the USODA Girls National Championships and one fourth place finish at the USODA Coed National Championships. At a young age, she gained international experience by qualifying for competitions around the globe. 

As she grew out of the Opti, Erika turned to the Laser Radial, where she dominated the youth circuit, including four titles at National and World Championships between 2010 and 2012. As she aged out of the youth circuit, Erika focused on Collegiate sailing. During her time at Boston College, she became the first athlete in history to win four Singlehanded National Championships. She was also a four-time Women’s and Coed All-American. Erika was named Quantum Sailor of the Year in 2017 and she was a three-time finalist for this award.  Since graduating in Spring of 2017, Erika has campaigned full-time in the Laser Radial. After narrowly missing the qualification for Tokyo 2020, Erika continues to pursue her Olympic aspirations for Paris 2024 and is setting her sights on competing in the The Ocean Race.

About

Erika Reineke, a native to Fort Lauderdale, FL, began sailing at age eight in the Optimist dinghy. She took to the boat quickly and by age 12 was hooked on racing. Erika quickly began collecting accolades, including two consecutive gold medals at the USODA Girls National Championships and one fourth place finish at the USODA Coed National Championships. At a young age, she gained international experience by qualifying for competitions around the globe. 

As she grew out of the Opti, Erika turned to the Laser Radial, where she dominated the youth circuit, including four titles at National and World Championships between 2010 and 2012. As she aged out of the youth circuit, Erika focused on Collegiate sailing. During her time at Boston College, she became the first athlete in history to win four Singlehanded National Championships. She was also a four-time Women’s and Coed All-American. Erika was named Quantum Sailor of the Year in 2017 and she was a three-time finalist for this award.  Since graduating in Spring of 2017, Erika has campaigned full-time in the Laser Radial. After narrowly missing the qualification for Tokyo 2020, Erika continues to pursue her Olympic aspirations for Paris 2024 and is setting her sights on competing in the The Ocean Race.

Date of Birth: 11-04-93
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lives In: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Education: Boston College (2017)
Club: Lauderdale Yacht Club

Q&A’s

Outside of the Laser Radial, what is your favorite boat to sail?  The Marström 32 which requires a lot of physical abilities and the speed is exhilarating.
How do you give back to the sailing community? I have a passion for coaching teens and started Tuesday Tips on my Instagram account to share my experience and skills.

Schedule

Sailing Achievements

Sailing Achievements:

  • US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (2017)
  • Four-time US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Finalist (2017, 2016, 2013, 2011)
  • Quantum Sailor of the Year (2017)
  • Three-time Quantum Sailor of the Year Finalist (2017, 2015, 2014)
  • College Sailor of the Year Finalist (2017)
  • Four-time College Singlehanded National Champion (2016, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Four-time Collegiate All-American – Women’s and Coed (2017, 2015, 2014, 2013)
  • USVI Olympic Games Laser Radial Coach (2012)
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, 50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta (Palma de Mallorca, ESP), 2019
  • 1st, Laser Radial, ASAF Cup – Enoshima Olympic Week (Enoshima, JPN), 2017
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, 2018 Aarhus Sailing World Championship Test Event (Aarhus, DEN), 2017
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2015
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Laser Radial Youth World Championships (La Rochelle, FRA), 2011
  • 1st, Laser Radial, World Laser Radial Youth Championships (Largs, GRB), 2010

Olympic Development Track

About:

Date of Birth: 11-04-93
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lives In: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Education: Boston College (2017)
Club: Lauderdale Yacht Club

Q&A’s:

Outside of the Laser Radial, what is your favorite boat to sail?  The Marström 32 which requires a lot of physical abilities and the speed is exhilarating.
How do you give back to the sailing community? I have a passion for coaching teens and started Tuesday Tips on my Instagram account to share my experience and skills.

Sailing Achievements:

  • US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (2017)
  • Four-time US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Finalist (2017, 2016, 2013, 2011)
  • Quantum Sailor of the Year (2017)
  • Three-time Quantum Sailor of the Year Finalist (2017, 2015, 2014)
  • College Sailor of the Year Finalist (2017)
  • Four-time College Singlehanded National Champion (2016, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Four-time Collegiate All-American – Women’s and Coed (2017, 2015, 2014, 2013)
  • USVI Olympic Games Laser Radial Coach (2012)
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, 50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta (Palma de Mallorca, ESP), 2019
  • 1st, Laser Radial, ASAF Cup – Enoshima Olympic Week (Enoshima, JPN), 2017
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, 2018 Aarhus Sailing World Championship Test Event (Aarhus, DEN), 2017
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2015
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Laser Radial Youth World Championships (La Rochelle, FRA), 2011
  • 1st, Laser Radial, World Laser Radial Youth Championships (Largs, GRB), 2010