e-USSailing Newsletter February, 2018

The e-USSailing Newsletter features stories, news and resources from US Sailing events and programs.


  • Sailing Leadership Forum 2018
  • US Sailing's 2018 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year
  • 2018 World Cup Series Miami
  • US Sailing Member Benefits

Leaders and influencers from training and education, yacht club and sailing organization management, race officials and industry professionals from around the country convened in this spectacular South Florida venue earlier this month to learn and celebrate.

532 sailors attended the third edition of Sailing Leadership Forum, including 155 first-time attendees! These participants learned from and connected with over 100 thought-provoking speakers in over 70 presentations.

We had tremendous participation during the spectacular Demo Day featuring the latest product lines and equipment from the top sailboat manufacturers and industry brands in the country. Over 40 sailboats and watercraft were provided for participants to try. The weather and conditions could not have been better!

We learned from, honored and celebrated with an awe-inspiring group of sailors who have gone above and beyond expectations for advancing sailing forward in their respective areas of focus and within their communities. Congratulations to the US Sailing Award winners!

We appreciate all of those who participated at Sailing Leadership Forum 2018. We are confident you learned some important takeaways from the knowledge shared and we hope you connected with old mates, made new friends, and shared your insights.

We would like to thank all our sponsors, exhibitors and the sailing industry whose engagement was welcome and will be critical to the future of sailing.

Watch Highlights from Sailing Leadership Forum 2018

Sailing Leadership Forum 2018 in Pictures

Photos by Matthew Cohen Photo

Peter Duncan and Erika Reineke Selected as US Sailing’s 2017 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year

A Triumphant Season for J/70 World Champion, Peter Duncan

L to R: Peter Duncan, Jud Smith, Victor Diaz de Leon, Willem van Waay; Photo by J/70 Italian Class

Peter Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) was once again at the top of his game in 2017 at the highest-levels of international competition and in a variety of sailboat classes.

His year was highlighted with a win at the ultra-competitive Audi J/70 World Championship in September off the waters of Porto Cervo in Sardinia, Italy. Duncan and his talented crew including Jud Smith, Victor Diaz de Leon and Willem van Waay, won the 161-boat World Championship by a 15-point margin. Duncan’s Relative Obscurity was dominant through six races. They placed in the top three in each race, including three wins.

He won four other J/70 regattas in 2017, including the Italian National Championships (Alcatel Cup), New England Championships, Bacardi Cup and Sail Newport Regatta. His team placed second out of 58 at the J/70 North American Championship in Rye, New York and third at the European J/70 Championship.

Duncan participated in multiple classes throughout 2017, including the Etchells, Melges 20 and Melges 24. His Etchells team took home first place honors at the Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta featuring 45 competing boats last January in Coconut Grove, Florida.

Congratulations to Peter Duncan for earning US Sailing’s 2017 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award.

Photos by Tim Wilkes (bottom left, right), Kurt Arrigo (top center), Paul Wyeth (top left, right)

Reineke Closes College Sailing Career on Top; Embarks on a Pathway to the Olympics

Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) has won US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award for her outstanding sailing performances in 2017.

The Florida native and veteran US Sailing Team athlete distinguished herself nationally and internationally while competing in both College Sailing and the Olympic Laser Radial class.

Reineke’s 2017 highlights include being honored as the 2017 Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year, winning A-Division at ICSA Women’s College Nationals, placing third in the A-Division at ICSA Coed College Nationals, winning silver at the Aarhus World Championship Test event in the Laser Radial, and winning gold at Enoshima Olympic Week 2017, the first major multi-class regatta held at the 2020 Olympic Games venue.

2017 was a time of transition for Reineke, who started her year focusing on intercollegiate competition for perennial contender Boston College. After graduation, she moved into training with the US Sailing Team in the Laser Radial full-time, and continued chasing her Olympic dream.

Congratulations to Erika Reineke for earning US Sailing’s 2017 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award, the country’s top sailing honor.

Caleb Paine Puts Silver Lining on World Cup Series 2018

A year and a half ago, with the majestic hills of Rio de Janeiro as a backdrop, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) proved that he’s not afraid of sporting’s bright lights, claiming the Finn class bronze medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics with a stirring win in the Medal Race. Two weeks ago on Biscayne Bay, Paine came up big again when the pressure was at its most intense, earning the Finn silver medal in the 2018 World Cup Series Miami, USA.

The US Sailing Team and US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP), together with Debris Free Oceans and US Sailing Center Miami partnered to remove nearly 2,500 pounds of trash and debris from the shorelines of Coconut Grove, Florida as part of the national team's training camp. Dozens of America’s top Olympic hopefuls took a break from an intensive training schedule to care for the environment surrounding their primary training site in the United States.

The US Sailing Team gathers at the heart of the Olympic movement in the United States, the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs. With a clear mission, experienced leaders like two-time gold medalist Malcolm Page​ and a world-class performance enhancement team (PET), the national team forges ahead with building a sustainably successful program with an eye towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

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