About

CHRIS BARNARD

Chris was born and raised in Newport Beach, California, growing up in a family with a strong sailing tradition. He spent his childhood like any other young, competitive kid by participating in organized sports leagues such as soccer, basketball, and baseball. Additionally, he took part in other outdoor activities such as skateboarding, bodysurfing, and snowboarding. He was introduced to sailing at a very young age during trips to Catalina Island with his grandparents on their cruising sailboats. He began sailing on his own at age 8 in the Naples Sabot when he entered the junior sailing program at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. He immediately fell in love with the sport and began to focus his competitive nature on sailing. He dominated the junior sailing circuit in Southern California, capping off his Naples Sabot career with a win at the 2005 Junior Sabot Nationals.

Chris moved onto Newport Harbor High School and joined the nationally ranked sailing team. During his high school sailing career, he was an integral member of four National Championships, the leading skipper in three of those championships. Additionally, he competed in the youth sailing circuit around the country as well as internationally in Club 420’s, International 420’s, Lasers, Club Flying Juniors, and Governor’s Cup 21’s. In each class he achieved an incredible amount of success by consistently winning at the national level as well as placing at international championships across a wide variety of classes over a four-year period.

Recognized as the nation’s top recruit coming out of high school, Chris chose to attend Georgetown University because of their great sailing program and prestigious academics. He enrolled in the McDonough School of Business and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. He joined the top ranked team looking to learn from the best and rise to the top again. He matched and exceeded those high expectations by leading his team to a Coed National Championship, receiving three Collegiate All-American honors, recognized as the Collegiate Sailor of the Year in 2012, and a finalist in 2013, the most prestigious individual award in collegiate sailing.

While attending school at Georgetown, Chris kept in touch with the Laser class by competing internationally over the summer months as well as competing in the annual Miami Olympic Classes Regatta in January. Each year he continued to improve, most notably qualifying for the US Sailing Olympic Development Team and becoming the North American Champion in 2012.

Chris has continued his success onto the Olympic circuit, improving his results each year, starting with a 15th place finish at the 2014 ISAF World Championships. In 2015, he improved to a 13th place finish at the Laser World Championships and winning his 2nd North American Title. In 2016, Chris was disappointed in losing the Olympic Trials, but did finish 19th at the Europeans, 27th at the World Championships, and winning his 3rd North American Title. Chris is now an acting member of the 2016 US Sailing Team Sperry.

Laser “The Laser is a single-handed racing dinghy. The biggest attraction of the Laser dinghy is that it is protected by strict one-design class rules, which means that no changes are allowed to the boat unless they are specifically permitted in the rules. The result is that all Laser boats are virtually identical whether they are brand new or 10 years old, making it the sailor that wins the race, not the boat. The Laser is a challenging boat that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as tactical excellence. It is a singlehanded Olympic class boat for both men and women and is sailed at the club, national and international levels. With over 200,000 boats in 140 countries, it is clearly the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat.” – International Laser Class Association

Laser racing is often referred to as the purest form of sailboat racing, which is why I enjoy the class so much. With the strict rules on equipment, the boat truly tests the fitness, skills, technique, and smarts of the individual sailor rather than the performance of the equipment. The level of Laser racing around the world has dramatically increased for it demands the best athletes in the world as well as the elite in sail trim, boat handling, and tactical prowess.

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The goal is to represent the United States in the International Laser Standard class at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and to win a gold medal. I will look to become the fittest athlete on the water, the keenest tactician and strategist, and a strong role model for the community that displays good sportsmanship for future generations. I will represent myself and my family, friends, yacht clubs, schools, and my country, to the highest standards of professionalism and sportsmanship. The success of the campaign will be judged by the results at the World Championships and Olympic Games as well as how well I represent and give back to my community.