Tate Howell grew up at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto and started sailing at age six and began racing Optimists at age 10. In 2015, she was the top female sailor at the CORK International Optimist Championship and that summer qualified to compete for Canada at the Optimist North American Championship in Antigua the following July. In 2017, Tate moved into the International 420 class and represented Canada at World Sailing’s 2018 Youth World Championship in Corpus Christi, TX where she and her crew placed 12th overall. Later that summer she won the national title and top female double-handed trophy at the 2018 Sail Canada Youth Champs in the I-420. Next, Tate moved into the 29er class, placing 3rd at the 2019 Sail Canada Youth Champs and winning top female double-handed trophy a second time. Presently, Tate studies Kinesiology at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.
Adrianna Baird started sailing at the age of six at Pointe-Claire Yacht Club in Montreal and joined the Optimist race team at the age of eight. In 2016, Adrianna started sailing Club 420 and found her passion for racing, and a year later she started sailing in the 29er class. In the 29er, Adri represented Canada at the 2019 Youth Worlds in Gdynia, Poland where she placed 14th and finished in 2nd place and top female at the 2018 Canadian Youth Championships. Adrianna Is now attending Cegep at John Abbott College in Montreal in the Science program and pursuing her love for sailing.
Tate and Adrianna first sailed together at the Canadian Sailing Youth Squad camp in Clearwater, FL, in January 2020, and decided to team up and compete in the 29er at the 2020 Youth World Championship in Brazil. When the pandemic hit and the world changed, Tate and Adri, like other sailors around the globe, pivoted and moved out of the 29er youth skiff and into the Olympic class 49erFX in June 2020. Throughout summer and fall 2020, the team trained in Kingston and Toronto before heading out to Comox, British Columbia to train with the national team. They look forward to competing at Kiel and the 49er Junior World Championship in 2021.
Tate and Adrianna are members of Sail Canada’s 2020 Canadian Sailing Youth Squad.