Rome Kirby is on his second tour of duty, having been a member of the winning ORACLE TEAM USA crew in 2013. He and Kyle Langford were the youngest sailors onboard for the 34th America’s Cup, and his role as one of the ‘young guns’ hasn’t changed heading into 2017.
Kirby isn’t fazed by the title. He’s been sailing since age 3. He was also the youngest sailor in the fleet during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 with PUMA Ocean Racing, completing the 39,000-mile round-the-world race.
In 2012, Kirby shifted from offshore racing back to his inshore roots on San Francisco Bay when he joined ORACLE full-time. It may have been his first Cup campaign as a sailor, but it was familiar territory. He grew up around the America’s Cup as his father, Jerry Kirby, is a veteran of six campaigns. It was during those childhood years he knew he wanted to become an America’s Cup sailor.
Now Kirby already boasts the CV of a veteran. While he says his first campaign with ORACLE TEAM USA was a bit of a blur, this time around he’s more focused. He and his father also sail together onboard the maxi Rambler when schedules allow.