On the surface, Rome Kirby is an average 22-year old with an appreciation for surfing, his cell phone, Lil Wayne, and steak and cheese sandwiches.

That’s where ‘average’ ends. Unlike most his age, Rome has been sailing since he was 3 years old. He completed the junior circuit between ages 8-14 before getting into big boats and giving new meaning to the term ‘natural born’ sailor. Raised with a hefty dose of competitive edge, he readily admits that he can’t stand to lose and that preparation is everything.

And at 22, Rome is fully prepared for his next feat: the Volvo Ocean Race.

“I’m the only sailor on the team to have not crossed the Equator,” Rome says. While Equator-jumping will be a sailing ‘first,’ this is certainly not the first time he’ll be the youngest on board. Rome will also be one of the youngest in this 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Rome’s Vitals

Nationality: Ico-usaUnited States
Date of Birth: June 06, 1989
Hometown: Newport, Rhode Island. USA