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David Hughes

David Hughes sailing in the 470
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David Hughes

David Hughes
  • Birth date 1/22/1978
  • Birthplace Ithaca, New York
  • Hometown Miami, Florida
  • Residence Miami, Florida
  • Height/Weight 6'1"/ 154 lbs


Dave Hughes began sailing at 13 years old and has an impressive track record. Prior to joining forces with current teammate Stu McNay, the 10-time U.S. Sailing national team member won gold at the 2005 and 2006 North American Championships in the 470. In 2012, Hughes participated in the London Olympics not as an athlete but as a coach. After the Games, Hughes was presented with the opportunity to partner up with two-time Olympian Stu McNay and couldn’t refuse. Hughes and McNay have quickly climbed the international ranks in the 470. They won gold in 2013 and 2015 at the Sailing World Cup Miami and the 2015 470 European Championship. At the 2016 470 European Championships, Hughes and McNay won bronze securing their Olympic selection for Rio.
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Getting to know David Hughes


Earned a Master’s of International Relations from the University of Wales


Interned at the White House West Wing from 1997-1998


Rhodes scholarship finalist in 1998

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