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Olympic sailor Luke Ramsay on his career and style

Today we meet Canadian sailor, Luke Ramsay.

I got started sailing in Vancouver at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in the junior sailing program.  At first, I was more interested in other sports like hockey and lacrosse, mostly because of the appeal of a contact sport. After a few years of battling mother nature, I was taken by the water and the freedom of going out on my own to the ocean: I was hooked.

I made a name for myself in the youth fleet by being one of the hardest workers, trying to get as much time in the boat as possible.  All of my dedication and hours on the water paid off in 2006 when  I won the Youth World Championships. The next phase in my sailing career was all about time management.  I was recruited to the National Sailing Team which I balanced with studying Civil Engineering at UBC in Vancouver. In 2010 after graduation, I began sailing full time, in hopes of one day becoming an Olympian. That dream came to fruition in 2012 when my crew and I qualified for the London Olympics in the men’s 470 class.

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After London I spent some time working for an architecture firm in Toronto, but I could not shake the feeling of unfinished business in London. My dream was not only to go to the Games, but to win a medal for Canada. I paired up with Nikola Girke, an extremely talented three time Olympian from my home club in a brand new high speed class called the Nacra 17.  We now are just one month out of the Olympics and in a good spot to peak to accomplish what I have dreamed about since I was a kid.

As for my personal style:

Jeans:  Levi’s Commuter 511  straight Stretch Jeans

Shirts:  Helly Hansen Marstrand Shirt

Pants: Helly Hansen Chinos

Suits: Ted Baker

Shoes:  Helly Hansen Navigare Salt Canvas Hi Top Lace Up Trainers

Accessories: Blue Jay hat, v800 Polar watch and my lucky Olympic ring

Outerwear: Helly Hansen Crew Midlayer Jacket

Favorite Cologne: Rio Water (ha!)

Your favorite App: Wind Finder

Favorite piece of technology: Velocitek Prostart

Next tech purchase: Drone

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