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From Jonathan McKee’s nominator:

Jonathan is a two-time Olympic medalist (Gold in 1984 in the Flying Dutchman class and Bronze in the 49er class in 2000), a multi-time World Championin a variety of classes, an America’s Cup competitor, a decorated collegiate sailor (Yale), a Volvo Ocean Race and Mini Transat veteran, and a seasoned bluewater sailor. McKee has raced in and won Hawaiian races, Caribbean races, as well as a wide range of other One Design events. He is a seasoned Olympic-level sailing coach, a longtime contributor to Sailing World Magazine, and an active participant in the Seattle sailing scene. Additionally, Jonathan has collaborated with designer Paul Bieker to build two lightweight, high-performance sloops that he has raced in a wide range of Pacific Northwest races including the Swiftsure and Van Isle 360 races.

Honors and Accomplishments:

  • Olympic Medalist (Gold and Bronze – see below for details)
  • 3 Time Collegiate All American: Yale – 1981, 1982, 1985
  • Multiple National, Continental and World Championships in a variety of One-Designs
  • Extensive experience in America’s Cup and Offshore racing
  • Olympic Coach since 1988



  • 1991, 1993, 2005, 1st, US National Championship
  • 1991, 1999, 1st, North American Championship
  • 1983, 1996, 2003, 2007, 2017, 1st, World Championship


  • 1983, 1st, World Championship
  • 1984, Olympic Gold Medal, Los Angeles, CA, USA


  • 2001, 1st, World Championship
  • 2000, Olympic Bronze Medal, Sydney, Australia
  • 1999, 1st US Olympic Trials
  • 1997, 2nd, World Championship
  • 1997, 1999, 1st US National Championship

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  • 2010, 1st, World Championship, Uka Uka, tactician
  • 2011, 1st, World Championship, Uka Uka, tactician
  • 2014, 3rd, World Championship, West Marine Rigging, tactician
  • 2015, 3rd, World Championship, Air Force One, tactician
  • 2010, 1st, Estonia National Championship, Uka Uka, tactician
  • 2010, 1st, Finland National Championship, Uka Uka, tactician
  • 2010, Italy National Championship, Uka Uka, tactician (joint winner with Saetta)

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  • 2010, 2nd, World Championship, Full Throttle, tactician
  • 2014, 1st, National Championship, Delta, tactician

America’s Cup and Offshore Racing

  • Open 60 programs: Kingfisher, 1st, 2001 EDS Atlantic Challenge, Artemis, tactician
  • 2003, Mini Transat (dismasted 700 miles from the finishing line after dominating the first leg)
  • 2003, Louis Vuitton Cup, One World, reserve mainsail trimmer
  • 2007, Louis Vuitton Cup, Luna Rossa, mainsail trimmer
  • 2007, Barcelona World Race, Estrella Damm, co-skipper first leg,
  • 2008-2009, Volvo Ocean Race, Puma, inshore tactician first leg
  • 2017, Voile, 1st, Fujin, tactician
  • 2019, Caribbean Multihull Challenge, 1st, Fujin, tactician
  • 2019, Les Voile de St. Barths, 1st, Fujin, tactician
  • 2019, Caribbean 600, 2nd, Fujin, tactician



  • 1992, Head Coach US Olympic Team, Sailing
  • 2016, Class Coach, US Olympic Team, Sailing
  • 1988 – present, personal coach, various Olympic Campaigns

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