David started sailing competitively at the age of eight while in the summer sailing camp at The Cleveland Yachting Club. Sailing his Optimist Dinghy, David quickly climbed the ranks at the club races and on the local circuit within Lake Erie. David moved to Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland for a more focused racing perspective and then was asked to join the private Optimist racing team, LOOT. Where he spent two summers travelling around the North American continent with 9 other youth athletes and their coach to advance their competitive skills and making friends throughout the USA and Canada.
After qualifying for the US National Team and representing the USA in Europe, David decided to pick up his game and started sailing over the winter at Lauderdale Yacht Club in Florida. Over his Opti career David Hein sailed his Optimist in more than 8 countries as part of the USNT and credits his love for the sport of sailing to his time competing in this class.
After outgrowing the Optimist at the age of 15, David began looking for his next challenge and after sailing in many boats decided that he wanted to train for the Olympics in the Mixed Multihull class and began sailing Viper F16’s and F18’s to prepare for this Olympic campaign in the Nacra 17.
David transferred from Colorado University to Jacksonville University, before the start of his sophomore year, so he can more easily continue training for 2020.
David Hein knows that his journey to become an Olympic Champion is an uphill battle and cherishes the opportunity to campaign for his goal while still in school. Understanding that hard work and focus is only the groundwork to move him towards his goal, David says he will do everything necessary to bring another gold medal to the USA in 2020. David is driven, determined, focused and ambitious. These traits mixed with never ending hard work are what will give David the edge at the US Olympic Trials and the Games in Tokyo.
Arielle Darrow did not start sailing until she was seventeen. Arielle, while on a full academic scholarship, quickly rose to the challenge and was accepted onto Old Dominion University’s Varsity Sailing Team, ranked top three in the nation for sailing. During her time there, she placed 3rd in ISCA College Sailing Women’s Nationals. After college, Arielle became a high school science teacher in Florida. During her time off, she started training on the Nacra 20 Carbon at Key Sailing, knowing that the new Olympic multihull class will be a foiling catamaran. She took home many first and second place medals in regattas held all over the Gulf Coast.
Realizing that sailing was her passion and her goal was getting into the Olympics, Arielle decided to give up teaching and become a sailing director for yacht clubs and nonprofits all across the East Coast. She has managed and coached race teams at Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, Bayport Scout Reservation and Sail Nauticus. Currently, Arielle is the Sailing Director at Hampton Yacht Club running both adult and junior programs and coaching the c420 Race Team. She still continues to race high performance catamarans where she has placed 7th out of 30 in the 2015 F18 Nationals and 5th out of 21 in the 2015 F16 Nationals; she even competed in the 2015 St Barths Catacup (where 60 of the F18 class’s top sailors compete in what is traditionally a series of epic big-breeze, big-swell races in the Caribbean Sea). Arielle just recently placed 1st in the F18 2016 Midwinters in Key Largo and took home the Hinman Trophy with Team Trouble during the US Sailing Team Race Championship in Sheboygan, WI. This win in Team Racing now allows Arielle and her team to compete for the US in the 2017 Team Racing World Championship and hopefully the Wilson Trophy.