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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...

Collin Weston grew up sailing with his family on lakes in North Texas. At age 10, he began racing Optis on the junior circuit of the Texas Sailing Association.  As he grew older, he raced Sunfish, Lasers, and 420s and started his own high school...

Andrew O’Donnell (OD) grew up on a horse farm in a rural upstate New York. Though he was helpful around his mother’s farm, he didn’t pursue a riding career. Instead he began racing downhill mountain bikes. At twelve years old he bought his first car...

Jonathan began his involvement in sailing at a very young age, but he didn’t do much more than cruise around in a Sunfish and experiment with trial and error self-instruction. Those early days were on the cool waters off the small town of Alexandria Bay,...

Hobie Ponting, 22, a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been sailing for over ten years, but it wasn’t until recently that he began competitive sailing. Learning to sail on catamarans and quickly moving onto big boats mixed in with college dinghy sailing...

Allison (Allie) Gray, 22 grew up in Clearwater, FL where she was always on the water. Not only on sailboats but also aboard her grandfather’s tugboat named after her great grandfather Clark Mills. Mills the designer of the Optimist Pram. Not surprisingly, she began racing...

Max Vos is an 18-year-old law student from Sydney Australia who grew up racing dinghies and yachts (Australian for Sailboats) from a very early age. He has competitively raced tp52s, Farr 40s, and other custom racers such as the R/P 63 Loki on the Australian...

Patrick Murphy grew up sailing with his family in South Eastern Connecticut’s Fishers Island Sound appropriately, aboard their Fishers Island 24. From a young age he developed an admiration for the sport and tried to sail on any and every boat he could. Wanting to...

As a child of Vermont, John Colburn needed summer escapes to the coast of Maine in order to satisfy his love of the water. From a young age he regularly visited his grandparents for the chance to race Sunfish with his cousins. When choosing a...

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...