The Pan American Games sailing events offer the unique opportunity for the worlds of non-Olympic and Olympic classes to collide. Team USA was fortunate enough to have representatives across all eleven fleets and to bring home a total of seven medals. Standout performances include that of US Sailing Team athletes, Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis, who won the Gold Medal in the Nacra 17 fleet, and Ernesto Rodriguez and Hallie Schiffman, who did the same in the Snipe fleet.
Lima 2019 Team USA Sailing Medalists
- Gold – Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Nacra 17
- Gold – Ernesto Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) and Hallie Schiffman (Sarasota, Fla.), Snipe
- Silver – Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) and Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), 49erFX
- Silver – Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas), Laser Radial
- Silver – Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Men’s RS:X
- Bronze – Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), Laser
- Bronze – Will Cyr (Bayview, Mich.), Formula Kite
Four Team USA representatives also qualified the country for representation at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. There are fewer berths available at the Olympic Games than there are countries competing in the Olympic classes. Therefore, before athletes can be selected to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, the USA must first earn country qualification in that class. Thanks to their results at the Lima 2019 Games, Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis qualified the country for a berth in the Nacra 17 fleet and Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea achieved the same in the 49erFX fleet.
What it Means to Wear the Stars and Stripes, Representing Team USA Across the Decades
Left: Jody Starck (Team USA Pan American Games Lightning Representative) Right: Cory Sertl (President of US Sailing)
Recently, at the Pan American Games, US Sailing’s President, Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.), joined Team USA at the sailing venue in Paracas, Peru. Cory is a decorated sailor in her own right and has even collected a few medals with one of our 2019 U.S. Pan Am Games Team athletes, Jody Starck (Buffalo, N.Y.). Jody and Cory are both winners of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award, the highest honor given to sailors in the United States, multiple times over. They have a long history sailing as a team and against one another. During the event, we took a few moments away from racing to catch up with Cory and Jody and hear about their history and experiences at the Lima 2019 Games.
When you're wearing the Team USA uniform, you're really representing all of the USA and our sailing community. You stand for what’s really special about coming from the United States, which is striving for excellence in whatever we do. - Cory Sertl, President of US Sailing