About Rick

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Rick Arneson grew up sailing on the waters of San Diego, and learned to race through the junior program at the San Diego Yacht Club. Starting in Naples Sabots, he later transitioned into larger dinghies and would go on to win state and district championships in the Laser II class. As a teen, he match-raced 12-meter yachts at the World Scholar-Athlete Games and won the gold medal in the Laser class at the AAU Junior Olympics. Upon starting college, he founded a sailing team at Pepperdine University and progressively grew the team over a four-year period. He then brought his experience to coaching sailors at the club, high school, and collegiate levels, working with Stanford University, Orange Coast College, and UC Irvine. As a longtime competitor in the Snipe class, he has been a member of the U.S. team at multiple international Snipe events, including the World and Western Hemisphere championships. He has been a marketing professional in a range of industries, and a contributing writer to Sailing World and various other sailing publications. He holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Pepperdine University.