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Meet the Team

P1080016The USA45 Racing Team consists of dedicated youth sailors at the top of their sport who all share the same goal: to win the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Charlie Buckingham


Charlie grew up in Newport Beach, California, where his father helped get him acquainted with the ocean at a young age. The influence of Charlie’s father and family throughout his childhood led to a natural affinity for water sports, especially sailing and surfing.CharlieB

At age eight, Charlie began to take part in the Newport Harbor Yacht Club junior sailing program, where he learned to sail by himself and competed in his first sailing races in the Naples Sabot. Due to his father’s early sailing influence, he quickly became comfortable at the helm. He came to love both the sport and racing soon after starting, so he continued sailing in the NHYC junior program in each successive summer leading up to high school, while also doing select regattas in southern California during the school years. When not sailing during his free time, he could be found surfing or doing something involved with the beach or ocean.

Upon entering high school, Charlie earned a spot on both the Newport Harbor High School varsity sailing and surfing teams. He began sailing and competing with his high school team more often than he had before, mostly in CFJ’s and 420’s, while also taking part in open, national sailing competitions in the CFJ, 420, and Laser when time permitted. Charlie also practiced and competed with his high school surf team, albeit more informally. At this point in his life, he realized surfing would be more of a creative outlet, while sailing fueled his competitive fire.

After graduating high school, Charlie gained acceptance to Georgetown University, where he earned a spot as a varsity student athlete on the sailing team. For the first time in his life, he had limited distraction from sailing and began his first formal training for sailing competition the beginning of his Freshman year. With the support of his coaches, Mike Callahan and Alana O’Reilly, and exposure to the culture of excellence and elite athletes in other sports within the Georgetown athletic department, he learned to love the training processes and made significant progress as an athlete and competitor. He maintained a starting place all four years at Georgetown and helped his team to multiple national championships and other notable performances during that time.

Just as Charlie became more serious about training and competing at Georgetown, his Olympic sailing aspirations followed concurrently and he decided to start campaigning for the 2016 Olympics in the Laser class immediately after graduating. He is also a part of USA45 Racing, who hope to win the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Sam Hallowell

Boat Captain / RunnerSam

Sam grew up sailing in Newport on Lasers and 420’s but found his love for sailing on larger faster boats. At the age of 17 Sam did his first Bermuda race on an STP 65. Since then he has been able to penetrate the professional sailing world sailing mostly on TP52’s Melges 32’s and other custom IRC boats. Recently, he has been given the opportunity to run the bow on Steve Benjamin’s boats as well as Blue Yankee which is one of the most successfully campaigned programs on the east coast. Sam has sailed on four different IRC 52’s in three different programs and has had integral roles in each. He’s had diverse sailing experience on numerous programs and boat types. Sam’s father as a professional sailor and rigger for Southern Spars has passed down his world renowned skills to him which has proven invaluable as he moves onto ever more complex boats.  Currently Sam is attending Hobart College as a freshman and participating on the sailing team.

Peter Kinney

Bow / Team Captain


Having grown up in Newport Beach, CA, Peter was destined to live a life around the ocean. From his earliest days, Peter was always at the beach or on the water, where he gained a true love and respect for sailing and the ocean. At age eight, he began sailing Naples Sabots in the junior sailing program at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and continued sailing Sabots competitively throughout Southern California in the years leading up to middle school.

In middle school, Peter’s love for land sports emerged and he turned his focus to baseball. Sailing took a backseat for the next few years, though he occasionally practiced with the Newport Harbor High School team in CFJ’s when he had a day off from baseball. When it came time to enter high school, Peter decided to fulfill his childhood dream and play high school football. Football had an enormous influence on Peter, and he continued to do so throughout high school with great success.

High school football became a passion for Peter and taught him to fall in love with the “grind” of hard work. This led Peter to continue his football career collegiately at the University of Redlands, an NCAA Division III school in Southern California. He was able to complete a successful four-year career inwhich he was a two-year starter on the Offensive Line, two-time All-Conference member, and apart of the 2012 All-West Region Second Team and All-American Third Team.

Fortunately, Peter has been able to get some sailing in during his time as a college football player. He competed in the Governor’s Cup twice, coming in second in 2009 as a main and kite trimmer, the Sheboygan Match Race Clinic and Regatta, and also has experience racing a Finn, Santa Cruz 50, and other keelboats.

As Peter prepares to graduate in April, he can’t wait to have the opportunity to compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and get back on the water with the team in the coming months.

Jake La Dow

Wing Trimmer


Our team Manager, Jake, has been raised in San Diego, CA to be a waterman.  Jake has been on boats since he was an infant, but began sailing in the San Diego Yacht Club junior sailing program at 7 years old.  Learning to race in the Naples Sabot, Jake had success at a very early point in his career.  Winning two consecutive Sabot National Championships was just the beginning of Jake’s success. Jake jumped into double handed dingy sailing in the 420 and the CFJ where he had much success on the Southern California circuit and at the National level.  Jake proved himself on the High School sailing circuit claiming one Gold and two Silver medals at the nationals.

Now involved in college sailing, Jake has done well on the team race and match race courses, winning both conference championships.  Outside of dinghy sailing, much of Jake’s success was made on the match race circuit.  Jake, along with team members Jake Reynolds and Nevin Snow have racked up quite the match race resume with a high open world ranking of 27. To name a few stand out performances, they claimed the Italiana Cup, GoPro Chicago Match Cup, and the Governor’s Cup, which is accepted as the premier youth match race regatta in the world.

Jake looks forward to training in high performance catamarans, and racing the AC45’s during the summer as the team prepares to win the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Aside from Sailing, Jake attends St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Jake enjoys surfing, golf, and Mexican food.

Graham Landy


GrahamHaving grown up on the lower Chesapeake Bay in Norfolk, Virginia, Graham Landy began sailing at the age of eight at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.  He quickly developed a high level of interest in the sport and by age twelve was competing in fleet and team racing in the Optimist dinghy at the international level.   Three years of high school sailing on the varsity level at The Hotchkiss School helped Graham hone his skills and while finishing at the top of regional and national events.

Graham devoted considerable time and effort outside school to improve his doubled-handed sailing performance.  His accomplishments were considerable, obtaining first place awards in the Club 420 at the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, US Youth Sailing Championship, and Buzzards Bay Regatta, and finishing second in the North American Championship.   Transitioning to the International 420 Graham won the North American Championship and earned second at the ISAF Youth World Qualifier.

A sophomore at Yale University, Graham has found success in college sailing; as a freshman, he won B division at the 2012 ICSA Coed National Championship and earned the recognition as an ICSA All-American skipper.

He acknowledges a large debt of gratitude to several extraordinary coaches and teammates.  Graham looks forward to working hard in the months to come and to finding success with his fellow Team America sailors in the catamaran.

Off the water, he has pursued a range of interests over the years. A varsity wrestler in high school, Graham has always enjoyed physical activities.  He is an avid runner and has spent a large amount of time hiking in the wilderness of Colorado and Utah.   Some of Graham’s hobbies include playing golf, cooking, and fishing.  He enjoys the rigorous academic environment at Yale and plans to major in history.

Jake Reynolds


JakeRJake Reynolds is from San Diego, California and grew up sailing naples sabots at the age of 6 out of the San Diego Yacht Club. As Jake got older he started to move into the double-handed scene. From there he started to skipper and found more of an interest in crewing and crewed from 8th grade all the way up to his junior year of high school. His freshmen year he started to skipper at Point Loma High School and found a new type of sailing that had to deal with smart tactics and boat handling intensive sailing. By his senior year he had won two team race nationals and won one fleet race nationals.

After he graduated from Point Loma High school he is currently attending the College of Charleston in South Carolina where he is a skipper on the team. Jake also has a lot of sailing experience in the match racing world sailing along side two other team members on Team America Nevin Snow and Jake LaDow. Together they have placed fourth and first at the Governors Cup. Jakes big boat experience will help him as he learns to sail the very challenging AC45 this summer in San Francisco bay.

Nevin Snow


NevinNevin grew up sailing sabots in San Diego, CA when he was about 5 years old. After learning to sail in the sabot ranks, he took up the Laser where he sailed very well nationally and internationally, winning 3 National titles and 3rd at the U17 Worlds.

Attending Cathedral Catholic High School, Nevin helped his team to two silver medals and championship at the fleet race nationals, while at the same getting his match race career started with Jake La Dow and Jake Reynolds. They started slow on the match race scene, winning small events in San Diego, but rapidly became a national force, dominating their first showing at the Chicago Match Race Center, and winning one of the few International Youth Match Races in the Italiana Cup.

The 2011 Governor’s Cup is where Nevin and his team’s hard work paid off when they controlled the lead the entire way through the event and taking the finals 2-0. Since then Nevin has started at Georgetown University, where his first semester has been completed, and has already shown good signs qualifying for both the Match Race and Singlehanded Nationals, and taking his division at intersectionals and conference championships.

Nevin also enjoys surfing and basketball, and is a physics major at Georgetown University.

John Wallace


JohnGrowing up in St. Petersburg, Florida John has been in and around the water his whole life. Outside of sailing he enjoys fishing, surfing, kite boarding, and pretty much anything else that involves getting out on the water.

Learning to sail at age eight, John began competing with the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Sailing Team in the Optimist dinghy. By the time he was twelve John was on his way to his first international regatta in Lake Garda, Italy. After a couple more years of Optimist sailing as a member the U.S. National Team John decided to move on to lasers shortly after turning fourteen.

John had success early in the laser radial placing 14th at the Youth Laser Radial Worlds in 2008 and becoming a member of the U.S. Sailing Olympic Development Team in 2009. As a member of the Development Team, John traveled to many international regattas around the world including multiple European and World championships. Moving into the laser full rig John won the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta and the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship among other events.

John is now a junior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he is an Economics major and competes on the varsity sailing team. As a freshman, John took an interest in match racing and was a member of the four-person team placing second in the 2010 ICSA Match Race National Championship. This past year, as a sophomore, John was a member of the team race team placing second in the 2012 ICSA Team Race National Championship.

Matthew Whitehead


MattMatthew was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. He started sailing at the age of 10 at St. Andrew’s Bay Yacht Club. He didn’t start racing, however, until the age of 14, when he was asked to do a catamaran regatta with a friend. After finding a love for catamaran racing, and achieving local success, Matthew started racing catamarans on a national and international level. His rapid success in the high performance catamaran world brought him many achievements such as 2011 Youth National Champion (earning him a spot on the ISAF Youth Worlds Team), 2nd Place at 2011 US Men’s Multihull Nationals, 3rd Place at 2011 F16 World Championships, and Top Youth Team at 2012 F18 World Championships. Matthew is also on the US Development Team for Multihulls, and is starting a Campaign in the Multihull class for the 2016 Olympics.

Matthew has always wanted to sail larger Catamarans and is thrilled at this opportunity.

Matthew is a business student at the University of South Florida and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. His other interests are traveling, frisbee, golf, and other water sports.

Charlie Ogletree


Charlie has joined TeamUSA45 as head coach to lead the team in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Charlie brings a great deal of experience to Team USA45 having most recently been the skipper of the America’s Cup China Team. Prior to that, he was a coach for the America’s Cup winning Team BMW/Oracle Racing in 2008. Charlie has also represented the United States as a four-time Olympian in the Tornado class and won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. During those Games, Charlie was elected Team Captain by his fellow Olympians to lead the USA Sailing Team. Charlie has raced, and won, at all levels in the sport of sailing, a tradition he hopes to carry on to Team USA45. He puts all of these qualities together in a humble and respectable way and will use these qualities to meld Team USA45 into a tight group ready to represent the USA.

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Brooks Clark

Media DirectorBrooks

Brooks was born and raised in Newport Beach, CA into a lifestyle that revolved around the water. At the age of 8, Brooks started sailing Naples Sabots in the Newport Harbor Yacht Club junior program. As he grew older, Brooks jumped to double handed boats, where he sailed CFJs and 420s with fellow USA45 teammate Jake Ladow, who quickly established themselves in the California youth racing circuit. By the time Brooks graduated from Newport Harbor High School, he had won both Fleet and Team Racing National Championships as well as two 2nd place finishes at the Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Race.

Brooks went on to attend the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he competed on the varsity sailing team. Over the course of his four years, he helped lead the team to multiple national #1 rankings, and several top finishes at nationals, including a 2012 Team Racing National Championship, and a 2013 Fleet Race National Championship. Brooks graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management.