Arielle Darrow did not start sailing until she was seventeen. Arielle, while on a full academic scholarship, quickly rose to the challenge and was accepted onto Old Dominion University’s Varsity Sailing Team, ranked top three in the nation for sailing. During her time there, she placed 3rd in ISCA College Sailing Women’s Nationals. After college, Arielle became a high school science teacher in Florida. During her time off, she started training on the Nacra 20 Carbon at Key Sailing, knowing that the new Olympic multihull class will be a foiling catamaran. She took home many first and second place medals in regattas held all over the Gulf Coast.
Realizing that sailing was her passion and her goal was getting into the Olympics, Arielle decided to give up teaching and become a sailing director for yacht clubs and nonprofits all across the East Coast. She has managed and coached race teams at Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, Bayport Scout Reservation and Sail Nauticus. Currently, Arielle is the Sailing Director at Hampton Yacht Club running both adult and junior programs and coaching the c420 Race Team. She still continues to race high performance catamarans where she has placed 7th out of 30 in the 2015 F18 Nationals and 5th out of 21 in the 2015 F16 Nationals; she even competed in the 2015 St Barths Catacup (where 60 of the F18 class’s top sailors compete in what is traditionally a series of epic big-breeze, big-swell races in the Caribbean Sea). Arielle just recently placed 1st in the F18 2016 Midwinters in Key Largo and took home the Hinman Trophy with Team Trouble during the US Sailing Team Race Championship in Sheboygan, WI. This win in Team Racing now allows Arielle and her team to compete for the US in the 2017 Team Racing World Championship and hopefully the Wilson Trophy.
Arielle is excited to team up with David to hopefully make one successful campaign for the 2020 Olympics.