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Quickfire Q&A: Tom Ramshaw, tactician and grinder for Canada SailGP Team

12 MAY 2022News
by Miranda Blazeby, Digital Editor
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  • Canada

Tactician and grinder for the newcomer Canada SailGP Team, Tom Ramshaw began sailing at the age of eight with his father on Stony Lake, Ontario. From there, he was hooked and began competing every summer, going on to win the Ontario High School Championship and Ontario Gold Cup circuit.

In 2011, Ramshaw began sailing full time and qualified for the Canadian Sailing Team in the Laser Class before switching to the Finn Class and winning the North American Championships. Other accolades include competing in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics and scooping the 2018 Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year.

Q: What is your first sailing memory?
A: Losing my favourite hat while sailing with my family on a small keelboat. I was probably about two or three.

Q: What is your career highlight so far?
A: Winning Canadian Rolex Sailor of the year.

Q: Tell us about your scariest sailing moment?
A: When I was 14 I got lost in a storm in my Laser and couldn't find the harbour for a few hours.

Q: What is your favourite SailGP race location and why?
A: I haven't been to many of them but so far Bermuda seems pretty ideal.

Q: What is your number one ambition for Season 3?
A: Just to be consistently competitive near the front of the fleet.

Q: Best SailGP moment so far?
A: Getting on the F50 for the first time as a full Canadian Team.

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional sailor?
A: I'd just do whatever it took to live by the beach and surf.

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