Ervin “Swerv” McGiver Grove grew up in Knoxville, TN. He was introduced to sailing at a young age through a local yacht club’s summer sailing program. Growing up he took every opportunity to go sailing, no matter who with or what kind of boat. His innate drive to compete flourished late in middle school when he started sailing Thistles and was fostered by joining the high school sailing team. While Ervin still claims the Thistle is his first true love, he has expanded his sailing experience with blue water deliveries, 49er sailing, and running the University of Tennessee Sailing Team for two years. Having just graduated in May 2012 (congrats!) Ervin is learning as much as he can about sailing and fixing big boats. His goal is to compete in the Atlantic Ocean Series in 2015.