Sail Sport Talk: Dawn Riley

National Sailing Hall of Fame and America’s Cup Inductee

Dawn Riliey was inducted into the Class of 2022 of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. We circle back to Dawn Riley for a follow up interview on her nationally recognized sailing programs at Oakcliff Sailing out of Oyster Bay, NY and her personal pursuits.

Riley joined the all-women’s crew aboard “Mighty Mary” for the 1995 America’s Cup and used the experiences she learned during both campaigns to launch her own Cup challenge, “America True” in 2000. She was the captain of the team that made the semi-final round. In 1999 Riley was named Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year for her victories on the match racing circuit. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and was on the sailing team. Riley has served on many Boards including the Women’s Sports Foundation (1999-2006). She served as President of the Foundation in 2003-2004. Riley has also served on the Board of the US Sailing Association, the governing body of sailing in the United States.