Sailing Preview
The 2019 Pan American Games Sailing Team is gearing up for Lima, Peru. Following a successful campaign at the 2015 Pan American Games – during which the team captured six medals – Team USA is returning to Pan American Games competition with a number of Games veterans and newcomers.

Athletes will compete in 10 different classes at the 2019 Pan American Games, including 49er, 49er FX, kites, Laser, Laser Radial, Lightning, Nacra 17, Snipe, Sunfish and windsurfing. 

Competitors in the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX classes will have the opportunity to qualify the United States for country representation in their class at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis be representing Team USA in the Nacra 17 fleet, Andrew Mollerus and Ian MacDiarmid will be in the 49ers, and Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea will be seen on the 49erFX starting line. 

Several Pan American Games veterans are returning to the competition in 2019. Sunfish athlete Conner Blouin has something to prove this year, as he attended the 2015 Games in Toronto after breaking his wrist just before the event. Following a successful recovery, Blouin is looking to prove showcase what he can do at full strength.

Fellow 2015 Pan American Games athlete Charlie Buckingham finished fourth in Toronto and will be looking to step onto the podium this year in the Laser class. A member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, he has also competed in eight world championships from 2009 to 2018.

Pan American Games veteran Jody Stark sailed her first Games in 1995 in the 470. This year she will be returning to the Pan American Games in the Lightning class with teammates Ian Jones and Skip Dieball.

While windsurfers Farrah Hall and Pedro Pascual have not competed at the Pan American Games, neither is a stranger to international competition. Hall competed at the Olympic Games London 2012, while Pascual represented Team USA at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. 

Rounding out Team USA are kites athlete Will Cyr, Laser Radial sailor Charlotte Rose and Snipe sailors Ernesto Rodriguez and Hallie Schiffman. Each will be making their first Pan American Games appearance in Lima.

Team USA will compete in sailing events from Saturday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 11 at Bahía de Paracas.