Chris Poole - USA
WS Ranking: 7
Chris grew up along the coast of Maine and started sailing optimists at ten. He diversified his skills at the Maine Maritime Academy where he completed his first ocean crossing representing the U.S. at the Student Yachting World Cup in France. Chris is currently the top-ranked American at No. 7 in the world rankings and has been leading his team, Riptide Racing, to success in the cutting-edge classes of competition since 2012. Some of their highlights have been winning the Seawanhaka Cup (2014, 2017), Oakcliff Halloween Invitational (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017), New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta (2016) placing 2nd in the Detroit Cup (2014), U.S. Grand Slam Series (2017, 2018), U.S. Match Race Nationals (2018), Oakcliff Halloween Invitational (2018), Chicago Grand Slam (2018), and Ficker Cup (2019), and 3rd place finishes in the M32 Series Bermuda (2016), Ficker Cup (2018), and Thompson Cup (2018). Chris ranks among the top match racers in the world. Joining Chris this year are two faces familiar to Bermuda’s waters: Chris Draper from AC35’s Softbank Team Japan and CEO of SailGP’s Team Great Britain and Matt ‘Catflap’ Campbell from AC35’s LandroverBAR. Matt was part of Sir Ben Ainslie’s back to back winning Gold Cup crew. Chris P. is a new dad and we are glad that his daughter, Aurora, has allowed him to compete!
Crew: Chris Draper, Matthew Campbell, Sam Baron-Fox