Meet the teamsUnited States SailGP Team
Rome Kirby is the skipper of this all-American crew, a team all ready for the big league step up.
America’s Cup winners and round the world race veteran Rome Kirby is the skipper of this all-American effort that sees a coming together of top young talent from the high-performance dinghy classes. Kirby has proved himself inshore as a tactician/helmsman at the America’s Cup and offshore on round the world yachts and super-maxis. The USA team brings together elite young talent from the high-performance dinghy classes. Hans Henken was a Moth youth world champion, Mac Agnese has podium finishes at two junior world championships. They will be looking to turn their prodigious talents towards a winning campaign in SailGP Season One next year.
Sailing is in Rome Kirby’s blood. His father, Jerry Kirby, sailed in six America’s Cups and three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. Already, Kirby is catching his father, sailing in two Volvo Ocean Race campaigns and two America’s Cups. When Kirby won the Auld Mug as a trimmer with ORACLE TEAM USA in 2013, he and his father became the first and only father-son duo to accomplish the feat. Kirby sailed the AC50 with ORACLE TEAM USA as a helmsman/tactician during the build-up to the 2017 America’s Cup.
Riley GibbsWing Trimmer
A member of the US Sailing Team, Riley Gibbs is a youth worlds silver medalist in the 29er class. He has competed at the highest level in a wide variety of fast, high-performance classes, including the Nacra, 18-foot skiffs and even Formula Kite, in which he claimed fourth place in the 2017 World Championships.
Hans HenkenFlight controller
Hans Henken has been competing at the highest levels of the sport since he was a junior sailor racing 470s and 29ers out of Coronado Yacht Club in California. Henken won the bronze medal at the 2009 Youth World Championships in the 49er class, then went on to become the youth world champion in the moth class later the same year, before going on to the college racing circuit with Stanford University.
Mac Agnese is currently campaigning to become Team USA’s 49er class representative for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. During his junior sailing career, Agnese medaled at two world championships in the 29er class. He has also competed on the World Match Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series.
Dan Morris focused his sailing career around high-performance boats, including a campaign in the 49er skiff. He was a 2016 World Match Racing Tour champion and has sailed with the Red Bull Sailing Team on the Extreme Sailing Series.