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Ethan Sargent

Ethan Sargent

Ethan Sargent is one of northern California’s top youth Laser sailors, and previously was on the Optimist US National Team.

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Daniela Moroz

Daniela Moroz

I grew up around the sport of windsurfing. My parents were both competitive racers that consistently raced out of Crissy Field in StFYC sponsored events and some national races as well. My dad picked up kitesurfing in 2006. I was about 5 years old at the time, and I found it very exciting to watch. My mom was still windsurfing. When I was big enough to learn either, I chose kiting. I took lessons and fell in love with the sport.

I got into racing course boards in the fall of 2013. Since then, I’ve switched to foiling, and in 2015 was ranked 2nd in women’s overall in the world tour (right behind my idol and training partner Erika Heineken). I was also top 5 in under 18 and under 21. In 2014, I became a junior member of the StFYC. In 2015, support from the St Francis Sailing Foundation allowed me to compete in my first international event.

I am working towards competing in the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics for kiting. In the next season, I plan to sail clean and to compete in as many international competitions as my school schedule will allow. I am looking forward to representing the StFYC and StFSF in future local, national, and international events.

Now, I am almost 15 years old and a freshman Campolindo High School in Moraga, California.

Achievements

Kite Foil Gold Cup Mexico – 29th overall, 7th in silver Fleet, 3rd youth, 2nd junior, 2nd women’s
San Francisco Classic – 5th overall, 2nd junior, 1st women’s
Kite Foil Gold Cup San Francisco – 29th overall, 29th in gold fleet, 7th youth, 3rd juniors, 2nd women’s
US Kitefoil Youth Nationals – 3rd overall, 1st women’s
Bluerush Thursday Night Kiteracing Series – 13th overall, 2nd junior, 2nd youth, 2nd women’s

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Erika Reineke

Erika Reineke

I started my sailing endeavors in the Optimist Dinghy at age 8. However, it wasn’t till I decided to dedicate my life to the sport at age 12 that I started to win titles. In the Opti, I won two consecutive Girl’s National Championships, placed 4th in the Coed National Championship, and qualified to compete all over the world for my country giving me experience to international competition at a young age.

Moving up from the Opti, I was inspired to pursue a career in the Laser Radial due to two strong influences and coaches, Anna Tunnicliffe (2008 Beijing Laser Radial Gold Medalist) and Brad Funk (2009-2011 Coach and current olympic campaigner in the 49er). In the Radial, I qualified to represent the United States in the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds in Istanbul, Turkey bringing home a bronze medal. Shortly after Turkey, I traveled to Largs, Scottland where I won my first ILCA Youth World Championship. The next year I qualified again for the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia, this time bringing home a silver medal. Later in 2011, I was able to defend my title as the ILCA Youth World Champion making it my second World Champion title. Additionally, that year I competed in and won the United States Youth Championship consisting of the top sailors in the country from age 15-19. In 2012, I was able to solidify a third World Championship title in Boltenhagen, Germany in the U21 Division while placing 8th overall in the Women’s Division.

Moving out of the youth circuit in 2012, I went on to pursue College Sailing goals at Boston College with Coach Greg Wilkinson. During my three years there, I learned how to be teammate, leader, and champion. In 2015, my team pushed me to become the first person ever to win the Singlehanded National Championship for the third consecutive year. Throughout my college sailing career, I was a three-time Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year Finalist, three-time Women’s All-American, and received recognition as an Honorable Mention in the Coed Division. Other accolades received at Boston College include three-time Women’s Team MVP and a Leadership Award from the Athletic Department.

After a year long deliberation with US Sailing Team Sperry, as well as the Boston College coaching staff and teammates, I decided to take my senior year off to be able to fully pursue my olympic campaign. Even though leaving school and my teammates was the hardest decision I have made yet, I know it was a necessary step to take. I will return to finish out my degree in Environmental Geosciences in the fall of 2016 and have another shot at winning a national title with my team.

I have learned how to be a disciplined athlete during my three years at Boston College and I am excited to show what I have learned on the water. There is nothing I want more in this world than to bring home a gold medal for my country. I have had this goal since I was 12 and it has never once left my mind.

Achievements

2010-2011 – ILCA Youth World Champion
2012 – Under 21 World Champion
2013 – Laser Radial North American Champion
2012-2014 – ICSA Singlehanded National Champion
2013-2015 – ICSA Women’s All-American (Boston College)
2014 – U.S. Ranked #1 in the Laser Radial
2015 – U.S. Ranked #1 in the Laser Radial
2012-2015 – U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Member

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David Liebenberg

David Liebenberg and Dan Morris

David and Dan began sailing 49ers together during the summer of 2010 on San Francisco Bay.  It was clear from the start that they had the same passion and drive to perform at the highest level the sport has to offer. Limited financial resources caused them to rely on their strong engineering backgrounds and extensive rigging skills to resurrect an exhausted 49er and create a platform suitable for preliminary training and skill development.

One evening after work, they were flying across the Bay in 25-knots and a heavy ebb tide chop when it became clear that their platform was no longer holding rig tension; she was broken on the inside!  Unless they took immediate action, this would be her last day of sailing.

Returning to the dock at 8 pm, they disassembled the boat.  After a quick trip to the market for peanut butter, bananas, and coffee; they began the first of many “all nighters”to bring their boat back to life.  Twelve hours of cutting, grinding, laminating, and gluing ensured that they would be back on the water the next day.  Following each “all nighter”, both went on to a full day of work, David as a sailmaker, and Dan as a rigger, only to be back on the water each evening for another heavy air training session.

Resurrecting the boat consisted of changes as involved as cutting the deck open to rebond bulkheads supporting the rig load, as elegant as creating sheet and control line management systems, as critical as rebuilding spreaders, and as simple as building new halyards This is one of many examples that stand as a testament to a team with perseverance and an unwavering work ethic.

David and Dan followed separate paths during the next 3 years, doing whatever it took to develop their sailing skills.  David returned to Tufts to complete his BS in Mechanical Engineering, leading the Tufts sailing team to multiple New England and national titles in Collegiate Sailing.  Dan pursued his professional sailing career winning many ocean races, one design regattas, and a Match Racing World Championship.

When their schedules allowed, they competed together in high performance boats like 18’ Skiffs and Melges  continuing to develop their team dynamic and lines of communication that will be so critical throughout the next six years. David and Dan are officially starting their campaign now, but this campaign was born four years ago on a windy summer day on San Francisco Bay.

Achievements

Dan Morris:

1st Congressional Cup (US One)
1st Puerto Vallarta Race (Pyewacket)
3rd 18 Ft Skiff International
1st Rolex Big Boat Series (MOD 70)
World Match Racing Tour Champion (US One)
1st Transpac (Pyewacket)
1st Cabo Race (Pyewacket)
1st Argo Group Gold Cup (US One)
1st Rolex Big Boat Series (Soozal)
1st Grand Slam Match Racing Series (US One)
1st CMRC Grade 2 Match Race (US One)
1st Stone Cup (Soozal)
1st Cabo Race (Medusa)
Melges 20 US Circuit
Extreme Sailing Series X40 (Team Extreme)
Melges 20 US Circuit (Blink 20/20)
3rd Melges 24 Nationals (Full Throttle)
ISAF Sailing World Cup 49er (Miami)

David Liebenberg:

3rd 18 Foot Skiff International Regatta
2nd I-14 Nationals
3rd 49er Nationals
2nd Student Team EDHEC Intercollegiate Regatta
5th Overall Pacific Cup (Schumacher 46)
2nd Rolex Big Boat Series (J70)
5th Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
1st Collegiate Match Race Nationals
2nd New England Collegiate Match Race Championship
Pacific Cup (Class 40)
1st I-14 Nationals
1st New England Collegiate Match Race Championship
1st Overall Storm Trysail Offshore Intercollegiate Regatta
National Champion 2007, 2009, 2010
North American Champion 2008, 2009, 2010
Worlds Finishes 9th-2009, 5th-2010, 14th-2011

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Nicole Breault

Nicole Breault

Nicole grew up racing International 420s on the east coast and making several trips overseas to race in world championships. She sailed for Yale, captaining their team and earning All American honors. After college, Nicole trained briefly in the Olympic 470 class before building a 10-year teaching career in her Connecticut, also coaching high school and junior sailing. Before moving to San Francisco, Nicole raced at the top of the Lightning class and again trained in the 470 class prior to the Beijing Games. Then she teamed up with Bruce Stone, racing with him on his J/105, Arbitrage, and marrying him in 2014. In her move to the west coast, Nicole began her own amateur match racing program and has since built a solid amateur resume.

Achievements

2015 US Match Racing Championship (SM 40), Oyster Bay, NY – 7th
2015 US Women’s Match Racing Championship (GovCup 21), Newport Beach, CA – 1st
2015 ISAF Nations Cup (Platu 25), Vladivostok, Russia – 1st
2015 USMRC Area GHJL May and Sept Qualifiers (J22), San Francisco, CA – 2nd and 3rd respectively
2015 Mayors Cup (Catalina 37), Long Beach, CA – 1st
2015 California Dreamin’ Series (J22 & Catalina 37), San Diego, San Francisco, Long Beach – 3rd

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