The Medalist July - 2019

The Medalist Newsletter is your source for updates on the US Sailing Team, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, and the Olympic Development Program. This is our path to the podium.

In This Issue:

  • One Year Out - The Countdown to Tokyo 2020 Begins!
  • Rose and Buckingham Conquer Worlds
  • USA Brings Home Gold - Success at Youth Worlds
  • Innovation Sets Sail with Kilroy Realty’s Partnership with the US Sailing Team
  • Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 marked one year from the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Trials have begun and US Sailing Team athletes are ready to compete for their spot on the Olympic starting line. Watch as the Team fights for selection to the Games and prepares for the 2020 Olympic Regatta.

Buckingham and Rose Conquer Laser and Laser Radial Worlds

In 2017 and 2018, Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) was the back-to-back Youth World Champion in the Girl’s Laser Radial fleet. Her success in the boat at a young age seems to have prepared her well for the 2019 Laser Radial World Championships. Rose managed to clinch ninth place at the Championship after holding a top-ten position throughout the entire regatta. All week, competitors battled shifty conditions on Miho Bay. The high degree of variance in wind velocity and direction makes Rose’s consistent performance all the more impressive.

Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), also had a strong week at the 2019 Laser Standard World Championships. Like Rose, Buckingham also faced challenging conditions and met them with consistent scores. Buckingham finished the regatta in 11th place overall, establishing an 18-point lead in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Trials. Thanks to his finish, the USA was also the sixth highest-placing country at the event.

USA Brings Home Gold From Youth Worlds

Upon conclusion of the final races at the 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships, four U.S. athletes earned the title of Youth World Champions. Maddie Hawkins (Edgewater, Md.) and Yumi Yoshiyasu (Houston, Texas) claimed gold medals in the Girls International 420 fleet, while Berta Puig (Miami, Fla.) and Bella Casaretto (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) were victorious in the Girls 29er fleet. In addition to the girls’ gold medal performances, the U.S. had strong results across several fleets. Six of the nine U.S. boats concluded the regatta in the top-ten. ODP Coaches Phil Muller (Miami, Fla.) Sally Barkow (Kamas, Ut.) and Steve Keen (Stamford, Conn.) provided key support and guidance onsite while supporting the team in Poland. Thanks to the team's strong overall performance, the U.S. finished in third place for the Nations Trophy, an award given to the highest performing country at the Youth World Championships.

2019 U.S. Youth Sailing World Championship Team

Left to right: Charlotte Versavel (Nacra 17), Jack Sutter (Nacra 17), Grace Austin (Laser Radial Girls), Oliver Hurwitz & Ethan Froelich (420 Boys), Stephan Baker & Oliver Duncan (29er Boys), Dominique Stater (RS:X Girls), Maddie Hawkins & Yumi Yoshiyasu (420 Girls), Berta Puig & Bella Casaretto (29er Girls), Alexander Temko (RS:X Boys), Connor Nelson (Laser Radial Boys)

Innovation Sets Sail with Kilroy Realty’s Partnership with the US Sailing Team

The comparison of real estate and competitive sailing is no coincidence. Kilroy Realty's philosophy has been intrinsically tied to waterways and commerce, establishing the company as the preeminent West Coast real estate developer, owner, and operator. Kilroy is further demonstrating their commitment to fostering strong communities, growing industries, and a healthy planet by proudly supporting the US Sailing Team as they prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

It takes a team with a single vision, a shared dedication, and a mutual trust to win, especially on the water. - John Kilroy
Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea (49erFX) training in Riva Del Garda, ITA

Upcoming Events

Our athletes have a busy month with some major events coming up. Sailing will begin at the 2019 Pan American Games in Paracas, Peru on August 3, 2019. All of the athletes have arrived at the village and our sailors are looking forward to representing Team USA on the water. Visit the US Sailing website or follow @USSailingTeam on social media channels to follow along!

  • 2019 Pan American Games, August 3-10 in Paracas, Peru
  • 470 World Championships, August 4-9 in Enoshima, Japan
  • Ready Steady Tokyo (Olympic Test Event), August 17-22 in Enoshima, Japan
  • Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, August 27-September 1 in Enoshima, Japan

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