Erin Rafuse

Position: Skipper
Age: 27
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Yacht Club: Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron

Growing up, competitive sport has always been a driving force in Erin’s life. At the age of 12, Erin started taking sailing lessons at RNSYS. Soon after, she was invited to join COAST (Canadian Optimist Atlantic Sailing Team), providing a platform for competitive racing. Over her teenage years Erin continued to develop as a sailor competing nationally and internationally in Optimist, Byte, Byte CII and Radial. In 2009 Erin qualified as a National Sailing Team member in the Laser Radial. From 2006-2012 Erin juggled sailing and a psychology degree at Carleton University. As of this year, Erin has decided to take a new route in sailing, teaming up with crew Danielle Boyd in the new Women’s Double Handed skiff-­‐ 49erFX with a goal of medaling at the Rio 2016 Summer Games.

Danielle Boyd

Position: Crew
Age: 25
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Yacht Club: Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron/Kingston Yacht Club

Danielle was born and raised in Kingston ON, where sailing was a summer ritual. As she began competing her passion for the sport developed. Danielle got into the 29er skiff when she was 16, and raced at the top of the class in Canada and North America. She attended her first world championship in 2009, where she was exposed to the international fleet. The excitement of sailing has always kept her keen and focused on improving. Danielle just finished a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English at Dalhousie University. While at Dalhousie, Danielle was actively involved with the Dalhousie Sailing Team, and was a member of the Student Yachting World Cup team that finished 2nd in France this past year. Last spring Danielle was selected to represent Canada at the ISAF equipment evaluations and saw the 49erFX as an Olympic potential. Now that the 49erFX has been officially chosen as an Olympic class, Danielle qualified for the 2013 Canadian Sailing Team, and is looking forward to what the Road to Rio brings!

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