In September 2013, Andrew Campbell took a last minute road trip up the coast of California to watch ORACLE TEAM USA win the 34th America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay. Less than a year later, he made his debut with the team.
A four-time All-American, Campbell was a standout sailor at the collegiate level, leading his Georgetown University sailing team to three single-handed national championships, among other titles. Incredibly, on a list dominated by football and basketball players, Campbell has been named among Georgetown’s all-time Top 10 Athletes by Sports Illustrated magazine.
Following up his college sailing with Olympic campaigns in the Laser and Star classes, he spent 10 years on the US Sailing Team. He won gold in the Laser at the 2007 Pan American Games and represented the United States in the Laser at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2011, he was ranked No. 4 in the world in the Star.
Through Laser sailing, Campbell got to know ORACLE TEAM USA tactician Tom Slingsby. The two competed against each other for 12 years, beginning with the youth world championships in 2002. He also knew Rome Kirby as both of their fathers worked with the America3 campaigns in San Diego in the 1990s.
With his background in US college sailing, Campbell knows about working in big teams and the importance of developing team dynamics and goals. It’s something he missed during his Olympic days, where the focus is more tactical. He’s now able to draw on both types of experiences with ORACLE TEAM USA.