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.
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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
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.
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.