Diane is a professional Skipper, Racer and Instructor. She is Royal Yachting Association accredited as an Ocean Yachtmaster commercially endorsed, a Sail Canada Instructor in Cruising, Racing, VHF and Navigation and a World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Instructor. Diane’s career has spanned over 100,000 miles throughout Lake Ontario, the Atlantic and Southern Ocean, Irish Sea, Bay of Biscay, Caribbean Islands and East coast of the United States. Whether in a Mini 650, a Clipper 70 or a Volvo 60, Diane has taught or raced on it. Her students and race teams have varied from single handed, double handed and fully crewed teams. When Diane is not on the water, she can often be found volunteering with various committees on Lake Ontario and with Sail Canada endeavouring to drive the sport of sailing to great new levels.
In 2024 Diane Reid will be the first Canadian woman to race in the Vendee Globe….EVER! Solo around the world, non stop in a 60 foot racing machine, while braving the elements of mother nature herself…the fiercest challenge of them all!