RACING TO TOYKO 2020
Carson began his sailing career in a summer junior program in Northeast Harbor, Maine at the age of six. He competed in his first Opti regatta at age eight and never looked back. He loved the competition and the thrill of skippering his own boat. When Carson was 11 years old, he heard Olympic Medalist, Paul Forester speak about his Olympic experiences. When Paul allowed Carson to hold his medal, an Olympic dream was born for him. Carson continued to compete in Optis for four more years and was on the National Team for three years where he represented the US in many international venues including Holland, Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand and Curacao.
In high school, Carson turned his attention to the single-handed Laser Radial and double-handed 420, for high school sailing. He began seriously training and competing in the Laser Radial in 2009 and moved to the Laser in 2011. He was a member of the US Sailing Development Team in 2010 and 2011 and competed in multiple national, international and world championships in the Laser. At the end of 2011, Carson expressed an interest changing classes to the RS:X Olympic Windsurfer. He was encouraged by the US Olympic Sailing coaches to give it a try because of his body type and size. Having never windsurfed before he quickly devoted himself to the RS:X in the hope of representing the United States 5 years later at the 2016 Olympic Games. In 2012, Carson began training and competing in the RS:X class. He combined his experience in competitive sailing with his ability to quickly pick up the new technical skills required in the RS:X and jumped into the sport at the highest level of competition. For 2013,14, and 15 Carson was the top US Male windsurfer and represented the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. In 2016 Carson competed in the US Olympics trials but did not sail his best and another American was selected to represent the US at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Losing the Olympic Trials was heartbreaking, but Carson refocused and put his effort into a new endeavor, the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup. He created a team, Next Generation USA, and began sailing large foiling multihulls. In December 2016 Next Generation USA was selected to represent the United States at the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup. Together with his other team member Carson made multiple trips to Spain and Bermuda to prepare for the competition. As the leader and helmsman of the team Carson was fully focused on helping this team succeed on and off the water.
In December 2017 Carson graduated from Rice University after majoring in Sports Management and Sports Medicine. He completed his degree in 3 and a half years of college while doing his 2016 RS:X Olympic Campaign and preparing for the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup. He has said that he would like to someday work with other elite athletes to help them achieve their Olympic dreams.
The 2020 Olympic Games in Toyko, Japan are quickly approaching. For this Olympic quad, I have returned to compete in the Men's RS:X Windsurfer. For 2018 my focus is on re-establishing myself in the RS:X fleet and accumulating lots of quality hours on the water. As we shift into 2019 and then 2020 results in peak events such as the Worlds and Sailing World Cups will become much more important in gaining selection for the 2019 Pan American Games, 2019 Olympic Test Event, and 2020 Olympic Games.
FUTURE SAILING AMBITIONS
Following up the success of the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup with Next Generation USA is very important to me. While the 2020 Olympic Campaign is my main focus right now I am always looking for other opportunities to stay connected to high-performance sailing. I am working on being apart of the 2021 America's Cup in some capacity and want to continue to give back to the next generation of American sailors.
Sponsorships, both corporate and individual, are crucial to the success of an Olympic campaign. Support in the form of cash, product, accommodations, airline miles or any other means is essential for a successful Olympic campaign. As a young, aspiring Olympian, Carson receives limited financial support from US Sailing and the US Olympic Committee. Therefore, like most US Olympic sailors, he must aggressively fundraise to cover his campaign expenses. His international competition is working just as hard both on and off the water, but most have the benefit of receiving full government funding. This is not the case in the United States. Travel, coaching and equipment expenditures add up quickly and yet, they are absolutely necessary for a successful Olympic Campaign. You can help. Any donation is welcomed and greatly appreciated. All donations help to bring the Olympic dream closer to reality.
Supporting My Campaign
Corporate sponsorships offer opportunities for exposure on my sails, website, t-shirts, social media, and printed materials. There are many creative ways to partner with me to promote your product worldwide.
Tax-deductible donations can be made through Ragnots Amateur Sailing Association, which is 501(c)(3) corporation and receives tax-deductible donations.
Ragnots Amateur Sailing Association
3620 Miramar Drive
c/o Houston Yacht Club
Shoreacres, TX 77571
All checks should be made payable to:
RASA, and write Carson Crain in the Memo line