Rob Crane-Meet the Team
How and when did you first get involved in sailing?
I first got involved in sailing through my parents. My Dad was a sailmaker for many years. My mom's father built Lightnings for a living. Due to this family history, it was almost a given that I would sail. I first started sailing when I was five or six, but did not sail competitively until I was seven or eight.
Who has been the most influential person in your sailing career and why?
My dad has been the most influential person due to his extensive sailing knowledge and participation in my sailing career.
Rob Crane, who will represent the USA in the Laser class, was born into a family that is passionate about sailing. His competitive sailing began in the Optimist class, and in 1998 he won the Optimist North American Championship. Soon after, he advanced to the Laser Radial, and it wasn’t before long that he was highly competitive in the full-rig Laser. Crane, 26, had his breakout performance at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, where he qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team.
Images/text: US Sailing Team