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WHO WE ARE: DAVID FOY
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How long have you been sailing? What classes do you compete in?
I have sailed many different boats from an Optimist to a Tall Ship. I have been sailing my entire life. Rumour has it I was born in February and out on my parent’s boat in April.
What boats/classes do you sail?
I started racing in an Opti, but learned the most in an old International Cadet that my grandfather rebuilt for me. After that I moved into Laser 2 for a couple of years with my good friend before moving to keelboats. Starting in 2004 I had the luxury of sailing a Shark with my brother and friend. We raced that boat hard for 10 years; where we went on to claim 4 world championships. I now own and race a Beneteau First Class 10 in Ottawa that I actually sailed on when I was younger.
What got you into the marine industry?
I have always had a love of boats. Growing up I always wanted to sail and be around boats in general. At one point in grade school I had the idea of getting into boat design, constantly drawing boats instead of doing school work.
How long have you been working in the industry?
I started working on boats 25 yrs ago. Sometimes this was as paid crew and sometimes fixing boats.
What’s your favourite thing about sailing?
There are 2 parts to this for me. I would say the best thing about sailing is the freedom. Being able to get away from it all and just enjoy the wind and water. I also enjoy the camaraderie between competitors and the constant learning that sailing and racing brings.