Pan American Game Success

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Golden grins: Riley Gibbs and Anna Weiss celebrate their first place

Golden grins: Riley Gibbs and Anna Weiss celebrate their first place

Team USA’s young sailors went to the quadrennial Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru this summer with high hopes, and returned with a good haul of medals—two Golds, three Silvers, and two Bronze.

Gold medals went to Ernesto Rodriguez and Hallie Schiffman (Mixed Snipe) and Riley Gibbs and Anna Weiss (Mixed Nacra 17).

Pedro Pascual (Men’s RS:X), Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea (Women’s 49erFX) and Charlotte Rose (Women’s Laser Radial) brought home silver medals, while Charlie Buckingham (Men’s Laser) and Will Cyr (Open Formula Kite) took bronze medals.

It was a sweet result for Roble and Shea, whose medal sealed their place in the U.S. Olympic sailing team for Tokyo in 2020.

Connor Blouin (Open Sunfish), Farrah Hall (Women’s RS:X), Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid (Men’s 49er) and the Mixed Lightning crew of Jody Starck, Skip Dieball and Ian Jones all finished in the top five of their classes.

New Hall of Famers

The first woman to win an Olympic gold in sailing, a pioneering yacht designer and a world-renowned sailmaker are among the 10 new inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. The new Hall-of-Famers are:

Capt. John Bonds, a leader in establishing offshore safety protocols; Robbie Doyle, founder of Doyle Sails; Allison Jolly, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in sailing; yacht designer Doug Peterson; fiberglass boatbuilding pioneer Everett Pearson; magazine publisher Herbert Lawrence Stone; shipbuilder Donald McKay; Thomas F. Day, founder of the Newport Bermuda race; Olympic gold medalist Buddy Friedrichs; and world champion sailor Arthur Knapp Jr., who is also being recognized with the NSHOF Lifetime Achievement Award.

They join 71 other notable sailors who have made their mark in our sport over the last century. 

Photo courtesy of US sailing

October 2019

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