Nikki Barnes was born and raised on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. She started sailing at the age of six with the intention of beating the guys she sailed against. She’s always liked the competitive nature of the sport and has competed at the highest levels be it in the Opti, i420, or 470 class. In 2011, Nikki placed 3rd at the ISAF Youth Worlds in the i420. Nikki is a 2017 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard. During her time at the Academy, Nikki help lead the women’s sailing team to a National Championship win, while earning the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year, 2017 Sportsman of the Year in 2017, and a three-time All-American Sailor. Nikki is an active-duty member of the US Coast Guard, currently attached to Sector Miami. She has been granted a Support Allowance Billet which allows her to train full time until the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Date of Birth: 03-20-93
Hometown: St. Thomas, USVI
Education: U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Club: St. Francis Yacht Club & St. Thomas Yacht Club