Our Story

Athletics in the Olympics offers an extraordinary level of competition. We intend to win Gold at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Enoshima, Japan by becoming the best Women’s 470 sailors. To meet this challenge, we bring the following to the field:

We have years of training and racing on the water from Optis, to club 420s, to international 420s and now to the 470 dingy.

While training together as Skipper and Crew, we are awaking a synergy which combines our knowledge about wind, tuning the boat, racing tactics, balance, strategy, and winning. Together, we reinforce one of our biggest assets…we never give up.

We know how to use the coaching we receive, whether from our own coach or from coaching at a clinic, to see the areas we can improve, to learn new techniques, to test new ideas.

We know how to keep our egos from becoming an obstacle to learning. We learn from other sailors, particularly the ones we race against, and we listen all the time.

We know exactly how hard this will be and are aware of the mental, physical and emotional energy we will need to draw on.

We have looked deep within ourselves and found a confidence that where we are now is precisely where we want to be.

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Today is the day, we leave for Japan for three regattas and our first look at the 2020 Olympic sailing venue!

The short version of what is written below is THANK YOU for being a part of our team and please consider making a contribution of ANY size to help us race in Japan! Here is a quick link to our donations page: www.cgaalumni.org/eliteathletesailing

The longer and more sentimental version is below. Continue reading for a reflection from the past year, to find out more about how your contribution will help our team, and of course some thank yous!

Last night we were sitting at St. Francis Yacht Club, having a sendoff dinner with some of our mentors, when one of them reminded us that success comes from experience. What an incredible year we have had: after just three months together we sailed the 2018 470 World Championship in Denmark where we discovered what level our competitors were at and took note of where we needed to be. That fall we returned to the US and became US National Champions!

The 2019 spring European season was a compilation of a lot of small experiences that when put together transformed our sailing as a team. We spent a lot of time failing, learning, failing again, and learning again. And through all the racing and training camps, coach Robby was there to help us find the fastest or most efficient solutions through the roadblocks. Some of what we are most proud of is our heavy air boat speed around the entire course, the newfound ability to make quick transitions with our eyes out of the boat focused on the racecourse, and our synchronization as a team. In April, we qualified for the Olympic Test Event this August and will proudly be the one US women's 470 team racing!

Please consider donating to our team to help us qualify the United States for a berth at the 2020 Olympics! We have been incredibly lucky to have the support of the USCG, not only to allow Nikki to train full time, but the USCGA Alumni Association has created the Elite Athlete branch of their 501(c)3 for us to accept tax-deductible donations. We have raised enough funds in the past year to purchase two boats (the one we race in Europe and her sister-ship in Japan), and to travel and compete in Europe for four months. Our current Japan budget has skyrocketed with travel to Japan, coaching costs, enough equipment for a second boat and spares, etc. and as a team we are responsible for raising everything! The link below is an easy one-click way to make a tax-deductible contribution, and we want you to know that even a $25 gift will help us eat (and due to how active the 470 is, we are ALWAYS burning calories!)

Where would we be without our PVS team? This team includes our parents and friends, coach Robby, the U.S. Coast Guard, the USCGAA, Frankie and Old Bull Athletics, The Harmony Exercise, Murphy Jahn Architects, the US Sailing Team and staff, Harken, Kilroy Realty Corporation, all who have generously offered your time, sailing gear, money, and guidance that has gotten us to this point, and to each other for showing up each day with the respect for one another and the desire to constantly grow as a team.

We are so eager to start sailing in Enoshima, Japan and will be bringing everyone with us for the trip! Again, thank you for your love and support and fair winds!

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We are proud to display the Stars and Stripes on our sails every day! We would like to thank all of those who have sacrificed their lives in order for us to live in a great country! 🇺🇸

As always we are a Coast Guard family and as such we have to thank @uscg for their endless support in allowing @nikkinoodle7003 to continue to serve as an active duty officer while also training for the 2020 Olympic Games! 🇺🇸 #alwaysremember #independenceday #proudof🇺🇸 #teamusa #military #uscg #uscga #uscgaalumni #militarywoman

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Packed and heading to storage! ✌️It’s been a sweet European season for us sailing in Spain, Italy, and France! We couldn’t have gained this experience without the support of the @uscgaalumni! We are looking forward to going to San Francisco to see some Coast Guard Academy Alumni after a training period in Miami! We are always on the water and we love it! Stay tuned for our Japan 🇯🇵 prep! #uscg #uscgaalumni #militarywoman #470sailing #spain #italy #france #workhardtrainhard #theolympicdream ...

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A lot of the time this past week, this is how we looked on the race course. Moving fast upwind, but missing some key elements (which is what our next training block will focus around). We had fantastic starts and smart tactics in both the breeze 💨💨 and lighter air. We often rounded the first mark around or near top 10 (the best being top 6) 💪💪.
We struggled at holding those positions after rounding. We have all the pieces, and now that the regatta in Marseille is done, we have one month before Japan 🇯🇵 to put it all together.
It’s been an incredible European season, many highs and lows and now our challenge is to learn maximize our learning curve before arriving in Enoshima. Thank you U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association for believing in us and supporting us. Thank you US Sailing Team top sponsors Helly-Hansen, Harken, and Kilroy Realty Corporation for believing in your #usstsquad Athletes!
Last but not least, thank you Robby Bisi for never giving up on us, for reminding us of the process and for your dedication to our team!

Thank you Sailing Energy for capturing this incredible shot!

#humblebeginnings #nevergiveup #underdog #motivated #athletes #uscg #uscga

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  • Never Quit, Never Give Up - Nikki Barnes    
  • Perfect Teamwork works Perfectly. - Lara Dallman-Weiss    

Nikki - Early Years

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