Oracle Team USA

Kirby is keeping it in the family

  • Family affair: Rome, with dad Jerry

Rome Kirby, the Oracle Team USA tactician, has already packed a full career of sailing achievements into his young life.

By age 24, he’d raced around the world as a rookie with Puma Ocean Racing, and then won the America’s Cup in 2013 with Oracle Team USA.

Significantly, with that win, he secured for his family the distinction of being the first father-son duo to claim America’s Cup glory. His father Jerry won the America’s Cup in 1992.

“My dad sailed professionally for about 25 or 30 years. He’s done six or seven America’s Cups, two or three Volvo Ocean Races,” Kirby said. “When I was three or four, he won the Cup and I saw that and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.”

For someone who grew up in that environment, there was never any question sailing would be his career. Growing up in the Newport area, which oozes Cup history, certainly helped.

Kirby said the highlight of his experience with Oracle Team USA is the camaraderie he has with his team-mates.

“I think the group of guys we have here, we have a blast together,” he said. “We actually enjoy being around each other all day.”

For someone who has achieved such heights of success at such a young age, Kirby is of no mind to slow down.

“I’m sure I’ll do more America’s Cups,” he said. “There’s probably another Volvo or two in me. Possibly the Olympics, it’s all timing. There’s more left, that’s for sure!”