Judge grew up sailing at the San Diego Yacht Club. In 2006 he teamed up with Hans Henken for an extensive double-handed campaign. The pair began sailing the slower Club 420, but quickly transitioned over to the faster 29er. The duo’s first international event was the 2006 29er World Championships in Weymouth, England, in which they competed against 150 boats. At the Worlds, Judge and Hans grabbed one of the final spots for the Gold fleet (top 25 teams make gold) and won the award for youngest competitors to qualify for the Gold fleet. In 2008 Judge and Hans bested a field of the top American youth teams to qualify for the ISAF Youth Worlds in the double-handed men’s division, which was held in 29ers. After a week long battle, the team brought home a bronze medal, missing gold by only a few points. Judge and Hans were the first American team to medal in the men’s double-handed division since 1995.
Judge also successfully campaigned International 420s for several years. In 2009 Judge competed in the largest I420 World Championship ever, finishing 11th overall out of 165 teams. At the 2010 Worlds in Haifa, Israel Judge finished 15th sailing with teammate Willie McBride.
Judge began sailing with Kevin Laube this past summer when the two talented youth sailors teamed up for several match racing events. This was a new discipline of sailing for both Judge and Kevin, but with Judge on the helm and Kevin calling tactics the team secured several top finishes. They would go on to finish fifth at the 2011 Governor’s Cup missing the semi-finals on a three-way tie.
Judge is currently a sophomore at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is studying Business, Organization, and Entrepreneurship, and is an active member of the varsity sailing team.