Raised in sailing family, I've been cruising on the San Francisco Bay for as long as I can remember. At 8 years old, I began sailing Optis out of Treasure Island and while still in middle school started sailing I420s and joined a high school sailing team for FJs. I was inspired to start racing high performance boats in 2013 after witnessing—up close—the excitement of high-speed foil racing at the 34th America's Cup I currently race with Neil Marcellini out of Point Richmond, with support from the US Sailing Olympic Development Program, McLube, Ronstan, and the Richmond Yacht Club. Neil and I currently rank in the top three in United States 29er class.
Last fall, Neil and I were selected to compete in the Red Bull Foiling Generation US qualifier in Newport, RI—an amazing opportunity to train on high-speed Flying Phantom foiling catamarans and compete against the top 30 American sailors, aged 17-20. Neil and I had an awesome experience in this highly competitive, ultra-tactical fleet and just nearly missed the title, taking home 2nd place on the final day.
This spring, I'll return to work as an instructor and coach at Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC), a nonprofit sailing school that provides on-the-water training to adults and youth, with a focus on outreach to underserved populations including disabled sailors and at-risk youth. I enjoyed working at TISC full-time for the past two summers and will be there every Sunday from April to mid-June 2017.
Currently, I am arranging to spend summer 2017 cruising the Mediterranean on a 50+ foot racer/cruiser with family and friends, building my offshore and passage sailing skills. Our Atlantic Crossing—from the Canary Islands to Caribbean—is planned for December 2017.
I hope to attend Cal Maritime Academy to receive a Marine Transportation degree (Third Mate commercial ship license, unlimited tonnage). Working in the merchant marine will afford me opportunities to travel by sea to exotic locations across the globe, both on the job and in my time off.