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    USA Women's 470 Contenders Lt. j.g. Barnes and Dallman-Weiss set sights on 2021 Olympics

    USA Women's 470 Contenders Lt. j.g. Barnes and Dallman-Weiss set sights on 2021 Olympics

    Courtesy Photo | Lt. j.g. Dallman-Weiss training at Old Bull Gym May 28, 2020, Miami, Fl. Dallman-Weiss...... read more read more



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    U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville   

    June 2020

    USA Women’s 470 Contenders Lt. j.g. Barnes & Dallman-Weiss Set Sights on 2021 Olympics

    MIAMI — They named their 2020 Summer Olympic bid Perfect Vision Sailing as a play on 20/20 as the measure of ideal eyesight. While they aren’t changing the campaign’s name, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Lt.j.g. Nikole Barnes’ and Lara Dallman-Weiss’ are now focused on the 2021 Summer Olympics.

    This official announcement comes as helmsman Barnes, 2017 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy who is currently stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, received an extension to a previously granted two-year support billet from the maritime service to qualify and compete in the world’s leading sporting event. Crew Dallman-Weiss and Olympic coach, Robby Bisi, have also both secured the additional time and confirmed their dedication to qualifying as the Women’s 470 team to represent the U.S. at the 2020 Games.

    “From the beginning, my command has supported me and they did not waiver when we were confronted with the challenge of the Olympics being postponed for a year,” said Barnes. “During the past two months that we have been away from on-the-water training, I have been working at my home unit Sector Miami on qualifications, standing COVID-19 watches, and working with my command to request an extension of my training billet.
    This is a huge risk where the consequences are that I could be passed over for promotion over the next year. With the support of my command and the hard work that I put in during this period, the Coast Guard has allowed me to extend my training until next summer so that I can compete with my team to qualify for Team USA. I can't thank the Coast Guard enough for their faith, guidance and support of myself, my athletic endeavors and my professional career,” said Barnes, who earned a Bronze Medal in the 420 at the 2011 ISAF Youth Championships and in 2016 was named Quantum Sailor of the Year while a cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

    Top 10 Results in 2020 Training Regatta

    Barnes and Dallman-Weiss traveled to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in February, to practice, partake in a training regatta and ultimately compete in their final Olympic qualifier: the 2020 470 World Championships. They were able to tick the boxes on the first two of these, the second being the MSC Regatta held Feb. 21 to 23, as a warmup for the Worlds. This regatta was run with the same race committee, PRO (Principal Race Officer), and on the same racecourse on which the Worlds would have been run. This three-day regatta offered a range of conditions in which the duo was able to test their skills. On the first day, they started in 18th place. The second day, they moved up to 14th place and by the third and final day, they finished in 8th place, tied in points with 6th and 7th place teams. Barnes and Dallman-Weiss, with Bisi as a coach, competed against 23 boats (including the 2016 Women’s 470 Gold Medalists), representing 14 nations and raced a total of eight races.

    Recall to U.S. & COVID-19 Lockdown

    Three days before the start of the 2020 World Championships and with only three points separating the three U.S. teams, including Barnes and Dallman-Weiss, vying for the one U.S. Olympic slot in the Women’s 470, everything stopped. The Worlds were officially postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spain soon closed its borders, and Barnes, Dallman-Weiss and Bisi returned to Miami, FL. Quarantined at home for 14 days, the sailors strategically participated in webinars, group calls, and physical training sessions, as well as networked with sponsors and supporters to plan the course forward. Barnes also, once out of quarantine, began working with the Sector Miami Incident Management Team on the COVID-19 response as well as continuing her Coast Guard qualifications.

    “In a crisis, like this pandemic, there can either be a danger or an opportunity to change, and our team took the later to grow in many ways,” said Dallman-Wess, “The first was fitness, we both reflected on our physical weaknesses during longer regattas and training camps.

    To this end, I worked with Frankie Telfort at Old Bull Athletics to build shoulder strength and mobility and Nikki focused on her endurance by running because we have two very different jobs onboard,” said Dallman-Weiss, “Secondly, we tackled the mental and emotional side of our sailing. Finally, even though we weren’t together physically, Nikki, Robby and I have kept a constant stream of communication with weekly goals and to make sure we all stay on the same page and ready to start training again.” Dallman-Weiss, a three-time skipper and crew of the year at Eckerd College, U.S. Sailing Development Team member in the 470 class in 2013, and North American champion in the Farr 40 class.

    Looking Forward

    The 2020 Summer Olympic Games have been officially postponed to July 22 to 9 August 2021, with sailing scheduled for July 26 to 6 August, in Enoshima, Japan. As of May 23, the International 470 Class has tentatively rescheduled the 2020 World Championship for October 2-10, hosted in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

    “We plan to sail domestically in our home waters off Miami. At the end of June, the 470 class will make a final decision on whether the European events will continue as planned in the fall or if they will be pushed to next year. Our European championship is set for September in France and our World Championship is set for October. In the meantime, we will continue our physical fitness training and hope to get on the water soon,” says Barnes.

    There continue to be unknowns. However, Barnes, Dallman-Weiss, and Bisi are continually adapting to the ever-changing situations following in the U.S. Coast Guard’s motto of Semper Paratus or ‘always ready’!

    “Lt. j.g. Barnes is an elite athlete and a dedicated Coast Guard officer. When the global spread of COVID-19 postponed the 2020 Tokyo games and halted on-the-water training opportunities, Lt. j.g. Barnes immediately devoted her time to fully support Sector Miami’s COVID-19 response. Her efforts saved lives,” said Cpt. Jo-Ann F. Burdain Commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami, “We fully support Lt. j.g. Barnes’ campaign to earn gold and we are proud to have her as a member of the Sector Miami crew.”

    Support the Team

    The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s (USCGAAA’s) Elite Athletic Excellence Fund ( has supported the athletes, who are very grateful for the USCGAAA’s long-standing and continued support.

    Additionally, Barnes and Dallman-Weiss have been selected as a sponsored ILYA (Inland Lakes Yachting Association) campaign. This is the organization under which Dallman-Weiss learned to sail, and now with Barnes, honored to represent. The association accepts tax-deductible donations, which can be made by visiting this link :

    Supporters can also join the PVS team by donating to their GoFundMe page (

    The Team

    Lt. j.g. Barnes is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and a member of both the St. Francis Yacht Club and St. Thomas Yacht Club. Dallman-Weiss is a native of Shoreview, MN, and a member of the New York Yacht Club.



    Date Taken: 07.09.2020
    Date Posted: 07.09.2020 14:03
    Story ID: 373627
    Location: MIAMI, FL, US 

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