Dawn Riley is both an expert big-boat and match-racing sailor. She was the first woman ever to manage an entire America’s Cup syndicate, the first American, man or woman, to sail in three America’s Cups and two Whitbread Round the World races.

Personal Facts

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Residence: St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Education: Graduate, Michigan State University

Career Highlights

  • 2004-2007, General Manager K-Challenge America’s Cup 2007

  • 2002, IC45 world champion

  • 2000, America True CEO and captain, America’s Cup

  • 1999, Winner again, Santa Maria Cup

  • 1995, Team captain of America3, the women’s team in the America’s Cup

  • 1993/1994, Skipper of Heineken, the only all-women’s entry in the 1993-94 Whitbread round-the-world race

  • 1992, Pitperson for America3, winner of 1992 America’s Cup and first woman to have an active role on an America’s Cup team

  • 1992, 1st place in Women’s Cup in Portofino, Italy

  • 1992, Winner, Santa Maria Cup

  • 1989/1990, Watch captain/engineer on Maiden, the first all-women’s team in the 1989-90 Whitbread race