Foiling to Tokyo, 2020


After sailing separate campaigns in the 49er and Nacra 17 toward the Rio Games in 2016, Sarah and David bring a combined 10 years of professional and Olympic Class sailing experience to the mission of bringing home a medal in Tokyo at the 2020 Summer Olympics. 





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Sarah Newberry is an American sailing athlete and coach with 6+ years of full-time Pro and Olympic sailing experience and 3+ years as a US Sailing Team athlete. After her 2016 campaign in the Nacra 17, she acted as the training partner for the United States Olympic Team in the lead up to the Games.

Established as one of the best female drivers in performance sailing in U.S. history, Sarah has won five National Championships, two North American Championships, and the ISAF World Cup Miami in multiple classes. 

Sarah is also a Level III coach. She has extensive experience coaching the Optimist Dinghy and high-performance youth classes such as the Nacra 15 and 29er. She was an active coach for the Olympic Development Program for the 2016 year, and has been a racing coach for the Optimist RWB Team at the Coral Reef Yacht Club since Fall 2016. She is also a USODA International Team coach for 2018.

Through her own racing, as a committed teammate to US Sailing and Team athletes, and as a coach and mentor for passionate young athletes, Sarah endeavors to become a long standing contributor to success in the sport of sailing for the United States.


Miami, FL

worked with

U.S. Sailing Team Sperry, U.S. Olympic Development Program, Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami Yacht Club, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Beverly Yacht Club, The Cushman School, and more. 

Competed in...

Nacra 17, Formula 18, Formula 16, Tornado, Melges 20, Marstrom 32, J70, Etchells, Optimist, 470. 

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David Liebenberg

After growing out of prams, David was not sure where to go in sailing.  

Sailing 420s was new, but not exciting.  One day his friend and fellow youth sailor, David Blackett, asked if he wanted to drive a 29er for him.  After the first ride David was hooked.  The realization that going fast was much better than going slow shaped the rest of his sailing career.  David excelled at this new high speed racing and over the next 4 years, went on to win three 29er National Championships and three North American Championships, as well as placing in the top 10 in the gold fleet in two 29er World Championships.

David recently graduated from Tufts University in Boston where he majored in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on entrepreneurial leadership.  On the Tufts Sailing Team, he honed his starting skills and short course tactics.  He was a captain of the Tufts team his senior year and led the team to their first Collegiate Match Racing National Championship in 2012.

In the summer of 2013 he was the tactician of the American Youth Sailing Force, which was selected to represent San Francisco in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Calling tactics on 45s helped prepare himfor 49er sailing because it was short course racing with extremely high closing speeds.  This required good anticipation combined with quick decision making.

The experience he gained not only on the water, but helping to lead the team and run the youth AC campaign will be invaluable in this Olympic campaign.

David has worked extensively in sailmaking, rigging, and composites. He worked at Pineapple Sails the summers of 2010 and 2011, and at Easom Rigging and Racing the summers of 2012, 2013 and since graduation. With his in depth knowledge of boats and their mechanics he is capable of fixing any failure that may occur during racing.



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