Luke Muller grew up on Florida’s east coast and was in the ocean every day surfing and windsurfing with his family. This remained the same until his older sister, Meredith, started a high school sailing team and forever turned the family onto boats. Without a yacht club, Luke and his younger brother, Nicolas, started sailing Optimists at the US Sailing Center of Martin County. Luke and his brother made the progression from summer camp to international competition within a few years and were hooked on the idea of representing their country at the international level. Luke grew out of the Pram and into the Laser dinghy where he developed his fitness and racing skills eventually becoming a Laser National Champion and Youth Worlds representative. His siblings are all still involved in the highest levels of the sport. Eleven years Luke’s senior, Philip is the founder and head coach of 2NINER Skiff Squad in Miami, FL and has coached to Youth World Championship gold medals. Meredith is the Olympic Director of the US Sailing Team. Nicolas is sailing for the College of Charleston.
The summer before attending Stanford University, Luke grew too big for the Laser and switched to the Finn class. Luke rose in the Finn ranks juggling both sailing and his studies. He majored in History of Global Affairs and minored in Aeronautical Engineering. When presented with the opportunity to train and compete full time with coach Luther Carpenter and bronze medalist Caleb Paine, Luke took a leave of absence to focus on his Olympic aspirations. Being in and out of school while creating a successful optimal training program has been a challenge Luke takes full on.
Luke loves sailing for many different reasons but some of the most notable include the sports connection to the ocean, maintaining a constant training mindset, and the sport’s demand for physical and mental excellence and balance. The Finn in particular suits Luke’s aptitude in the technical and athletic as well as his constant hunger to improve.
Luke spends his infrequent time off in the ocean either surfing and kiteboarding.
Laser National Champion 2013 1st, US Youth Champs, Laser Radial 2013 2014 ISAF Youth World Team Member –Tavira, Portugal
Expanded Sailing Resume:
2nd Laser Radial Midwinter’s East 2014
3rd Laser Radial North American’s 2014
4th Laser Nationals 2014
2nd, ICSA Laser Nationals, 2014
1st, Laser College Admiral’s Cup, 2014
3rd, Red Bull Foiling Generation, 2016
4th, 2017 World Cup Series Miami – Finn
2017 Maxi 72 Grind and Pit Assist – Corfu Challenge, Evniki
2018 Miami to Havana Race – Spookie, TP52 – Course Record Set (17.3hrs) – Line Honors – 1st Overall
13th, 2018 Princesa Sofia Regatta