Erika Reineke
  • Boat Class:
    Laser Radial
  • Hometown:
    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Birthdate:
    November 4, 1993
  • School:
    Boston College, 2017
  • Member of:
    Lauderdale YC

Athlete Bio:

Erika Reineke began sailing at age eight when she was introduced to the Optimist dinghy. She took to the boat quickly, and by age twelve she was hooked on competition. Shortly after, Reineke began collecting accolades including two consecutive gold medals at Girls National Championships and one fourth place finish at the Coed National Championships. At a young age, she gained international experience by qualifying for competition around the globe.

As she grew out of the Opti, Reineke turned to the Laser Radial. Over the next couple years, she dominated the youth circuit, collecting multiple podium finishes, including four titles at National and World Championships between 2010 and 2012. As she aged out of the youth circuit, Reineke turned her focus to Collegiate sailing. During her time at Boston College, Reineke became the first athlete in history to win four Singlehanded National Championships. She was also a four-time Women’s and Coed All-American, three-time Quantum Sailor of the Year Finalist (later earning the title in 2017), and a College Sailor of the Year Finalist. She also won four Women’s MVP Awards and a Leadership Award from the Boston College Athletic Department.

Since graduating in Spring of 2017, Reineke has dedicated herself to her first full-time Olympic campaign. She has her sights set on gold in Tokyo and looks strong as 2020 nears. Recently, she placed first and fifth (respectively) at 2017 and 2018 JSAF Enoshima Olympic Week which were both held at the 2020 Olympic regatta venue.

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

Expanded Sailing Resume:

  • 6th, Laser Radial, Hempel World Cup Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2019
  • 5th, Laser Radial, ASAF Cup – JSAF Enoshima Olympic Week (Enoshima, JPN), 2018
  • 11th, Laser Radial, Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 (Aarhus, DEN), 2018
  • 6th, Laser Radial, 2018 World Cup Seies – Round 3, Hyeres (Hyeres, FRA), 2018
  • 13th, Laser Radial, 49th Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia (Palma de Majorca, ESP), 2018
  • 5th, Laser Radial, 2018 World Cup Series – Round 1, Gamagori (Gamagori, JPN), 2017
  • 6th, Laser Radial, Laser & Laser Radial European Championships (Barcelona, ESP), 2018
  • 6th, Laser Radial, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2017
  • 7th, Laser Radial, SWC Series Round 1 – Miami (Miami, USA), 2017
  • 6th, Laser Radial, Laser Radial World Championship (Nuevo Vallarta, MEX), 2016
  • 10th, Laser Radial, World Laser Radial Women’s Championship (Al Mussanah, OMN), 2015
  • 6th, Laser Radial, Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 (Rio 2016 Test Event) (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2014
  • 9th, Laser Radial, ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA), 2014
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Laser North American Championship (Kingsoton, CAN), 2013
  • 6th, Laser Radial, ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA), 2013
  • 8th, Laser Radial, Audi – World Laser Radial Women’s Championship (Boltenhagen, GER), 2012
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, Women’s Laser Radial North American Championship (Fort Lauderdale, USA), 2012
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, 41st ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship (Zadar, CRO), 2011