Nora Brugman was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain and has been sailing since the age of 4. She has competed internationally in the Optimist, 420, 470 and 49er FX classes. Early in her career, she was 420 Spanish National Champion and qualified for the youth national team to sail in multiple World and European Championships. At the 2009 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, she finished 6th overall in the 420. Brugman graduated from the Universitat of PompeuFabra in Barcelona in 2016, where she majored in Advertising and Marketing. After graduating, she launched a full-time campaign with the Spanish team for the 2016 Rio Games, initially starting in the 49er FX class before switching to the 470. After missing out on selection to the Rio Games, Brugman moved to the United States. Since then, she has been sharing her expertise with youth sailors on both coasts. During the 2016-2017 season, Brugman was the head coach of the Optimist, High School, and 420 teams at the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (Redwood City, Calif.). She has also spent multiple summers training and coaching the 420 Racing Team at Shelter Island Yacht Club (Shelter Island Heights, N.Y.). After getting a glimpse of Olympic sailing in the 2016 quadrennium, Nora was sure she wanted to campaign for the Tokyo 2020 Games. This time, she decided to join forces with her sister, Atlantic Brugman, in the 470 class. In early 2019, the Brugmans were named to the US Sailing Team.



Date of Birth: 01-31-92
Hometown: Winthrop, MA
Lives In: Winthrop, MA
Education: Universitat of Pompeu Fabrega, 2016
Club: Shelter Island Yacht Club

Sailing Achievements:

  • 8th, 470, Hempel World Cup Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2019
  • 3rd, 470, USA 470 National Championship (Oyster Bay, USA), 2018
  • 1st, 470, Oakcliff Sailing Triple Crown #3 (Oyster Bay, USA), 2017
  • 8th, 470, SWC Series (Miami, USA), 2017