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James Downer

2013 Sapling

James Downer grew up sailing on the Fire Island side of Great South Bay, nearly due south of Oakcliff. Beginning in Optis and moving to 420s, James continued dinghy sailing through high school at Tabor Academy. Since then he has been looking into larger boats from a winter aboard SSV Tabor Boy, a 92 foot iron pilot schooner, to fleet racing and match racing in a variety of sloops. He currently sails at Tufts University where he is studying International Relations and Computer Science and plans to spend his summer broadening his match racing and offshore experience.