Canada SailGP Team Athletes Announced! • Live thimble
When SailGP Season 3 kicks off on May 14 in Bermuda, it will mark a historic moment for Canadian sailing. Canada’s first-ever fully professional sailing team will be on the start line with a crew of stars aboard the state-of-the-art F50 hydrofoil catamaran.
Since the start of the year, Team Canada SailGP pilot Phil Robertson has been testing and training a curated selection of the best Canadian sailors at the F50 simulator in Belfast and aboard the team’s GC32 hydrofoil catamaran in Portugal. F50 safety training followed soon after in San Francisco, ahead of the SailGP Season 2 Grand Finals.
“Phil knows what it takes to upgrade a new team and has done it successfully twice. Canada will be no exception – we have some incredibly talented sailors, but very little foiling experience. It is the team’s vision that Team Canada SailGP will change that and truly be the catalyst for sailing across the country,” said Jean-Sébastien Chénier Proteau, CEO of Team Canada SailGP.
Team Canada SailGP’s impressive roster for the start of SailGP Season 3 includes Olympians Tom Ramshaw (Toronto, ON) (Finn and ICLA 7) as grinder and tactician, Luke Ramsay (Vancouver, BC) (470 and Nacra 17) as a flight controller, as well as Tim Hornsby (Dartmouth, NS) (sprint canoeist) as a grinder, who brings his foiling experience from the 36th America’s Cup Challenger American Magic.
Olympic activist Georgia Lewin-Lafrance (Chester, NS) and Isabella Bertold (Vancouver, BC) (Laser World Cup medalist) joined the team in the roles of strategist and co-driver and are also part of the SailGP Women’s Pathway program to accelerate opportunities for female athletes. Isabella will also lead the deployment of the team’s Purpose strategy, aiming for a podium finish in the Impact League this season.
Pro sailor Billy Gooderham (Toronto, ON) brings his 49er experience to the role of flight controller, while Jareese Finch (Victoria, BC) will bring his firepower and Maxi 72 and TP52 class experience to his role. on board as a grinder.
Robertson also recruited Kiwi-Canadian Graeme Sutherland as a wing trimmer. Sutherland was born in Edmonton and grew up sailing with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Team before competing and coaching internationally.
Rounding out the team is high performance coach and Olympian Joe Glanfield, bringing his sought-after expertise to Phil and the Canadiens as Season 3 approaches.
“I can’t wait to start training this week in Bermuda with the Canadian team. We have a few days of training alongside the Swiss team before getting our own F50 for the event. It will be a baptism of fire for our team and it is a challenge that fascinates me. We have a great group of rookies, so now it’s about taking small steps forward at a fast pace,” said Phil.
For more information and to watch the race, go to www.sailgp.com.