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Chicago Windsurfer Robert Willis Finishes 22nd in the 2012 Olympic Games in London England

CHICAGO – Columbia’s Chester Kuttner Foundation – was proud to be one of many sponsors for Bob Willis and his training campaign as a member of the U.S. Olympic windsurfing team.

Willis, the only U.S. windsurfer not from California or Florida, finished 11th and 30th in the final two races of the 10-race RS:X series.  Over the ten races Willis scored 7, 10, 11, 25, 28, 24, 33, 11 and 30 finishing 22nd overall in the Olympic Sailing Regatta.

Willis, 25, told U.S. Sailing “The first day I had two top-10 finishes. Second day was a strong day.   I had an 11-25 and sitting in 13th, a really good position. The third day, where I could have made some serious gains on the fleet, I had a black flag and a 30th, and that really set me back.”

Bob Willis, born and raised in Chicago, is a member of Columbia Yacht Club and counts Columbia’s Junior Sailing Program as part of his journey to being a member of the U.S. Olympic team.

You can read more about Bob Willis and his incredible journey at his website,



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