Riley Gibbs was a key member of the American team in Season 1 and returns alongside new faces as the crew looks to improve upon its final season standing from a year ago. With the addition of several accomplished athletes, as well as Timo Worthington as manager, the United States SailGP Team has high aspirations in Season 2.
At only two weeks old, Gibbs had his first taste of sailing with his family in club races and never looked back, eventually racing his own boat by the age of five. Growing up in Southern California, he sailed out of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.
He won his first regatta at the 20190 Junior Sabot Nationals and earned a silver medal at the 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds in the 29er class.
Despite his age, he has been a force on the North American and international circuit, collecting invaluable experience as well as a handful of individual accolades. Gibbs is the youngest skipper to win the 505 North Americans after finishing first at the 2016 competition.
He has competed at the highest levels of the sport globally over a variety of classes, including the Nacra, 18-foot skiffs and Formula Kite, the last of which he finished in fourth place at the 2017 world championships in Oman. In 2018, he earned another fourth-place finish at the World Cup Series Final in the Nacra 17 class.
This past August, Gibbs and his partner Anna Weis won the gold medal in the Nacra 17 class at the Pana American Games Lima 2019, and the pair qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
When he’s not sailing, Gibbs enjoys surfing, foiling kiteboarding and downhill mountain biking. Gibbs also happens to be a pizza enthusiast that can usually be seen taking a slice on-the-go. He likes to spend time with his cat, Miss Timid, who he describes as a “true fat cat.”