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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It's 'Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day', an observation of US Sailing. Wearing a Life Jacket is and has long been a life-saving recommendation from the U.S. Coast Guard. For both reasons, we are celebrating this May 17 with Life Jackets on! Looking forward to keeping them on as we race next in the 2019 World Cup Finale in Marseille, France, June 2-9 and ultimately look to represent the USA in the Women's 470 at the 2020 Summer Olympics! ...

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Another Regatta in the Books!! 🇺🇸
This video shows a lot of what the 2019 European Championship was like! Big breeze of 25-32 kts while we raced. We only competed in 3 out of the 6 races due to Nikki getting out of the hospital. We struggled a bit in the breeze and weren’t quite able to get our footing. We were, however thankful to have spent a month training in San Francisco and enjoyed plaining downwind- we had some really fast moments and clean maneuvers. It was crazy to see how many of the top both men and women boats flipped and broke equipment 🌊 Although this was not how we pictured the European Championship playing out, it’s up to us each event to come back stronger and more prepared than the time before. 💪Nikki is recovering now and will be working on getting back to full strength. We have a week of land work in the USA and will be back on the water in Marseille, France for the World Cup Final!

We are so grateful for our top sponsor U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association for supporting us and for sending good vibes while Nikki was in the hospital! Onwards and upwards!

#workharderstrongerfaster #uscg #uscga #recovery #sailing #470in2024

📽: @robbybisi taken while sailing in after the RC decided there was too much breeze to have another race
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We're back! Nikki was discharged from the hospital on Thursday. Today, we completed our first race in the 470 European Championships in San Remo, Italy. Tonight, we just finished dinner and debrief with coach Robby Bisi (picture). We weren't able to sail the first day of this event due to Nikki's hospitalization. Yesterday, the second day, there was no breeze and no racing. Today, breathless calm continued until a light breeze of 8 to 11 knots picked up around 5 p.m. and Race officials were able to run one race for the Men's, Mixed and Women's Fleets. We had good speed and look forward to racing tomorrow. This event finishes up on Tuesday. ...

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Update from San Remo: our ferocious skipper has spent the past two days at the local hospital with an infection. 🏥 Nikki is getting better by the day and she’s ready to get back where she belongs on the water, but they are keeping her here to make sure the fever drops and infection is gone. We want to make sure long term health is priority. Please send a speedy recovery this way so we can start racing! 👊🏼 ...

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

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