Melodie Schaffer has been sailing her whole life, competing at national and international levels. She began training at the RCYC and racing high performance dinghies including laser's, 470's and International 14's. She continued racing in keel boats including 8m, sharks and J105's as tactician, foredeck or skipper She has been an offshore racer for 4 years and has sailed 23,000 nautical miles. She has worked as a mate on Volvo 60 sailing in races and on expeditions. She has competed in many offshore events including the RORC Caribbean 600 (3x), Antigua to Bermuda race and the Fastnet race. Professionally she has a M.A.Sc degree in biomedical engineering and now is a sailing photographer. She was sailing in the Clipper Round the World race when Covid struck. She is now campaigning with Ryan Barkey in the hopes of competing in the class 40 double handed circuit.
Ryan Barkey is also no stranger to the water, having grown up on the water here in Canada, but having gained most of his 60,000+ miles internationally, sailing on the majority of the world’s oceans. He has competed in different events around the globe most recently in the Clipper19-20 addition as First Mate and holding overall podium position prior to covid postponement. Preceding this experience, he skippered everything from traditional Whitbread maxi’s to traditional Ngalawa’s. Ryan also has an undergraduate certificate in Meteorology and specializes in Navigation. Most recently Ryan has been helping Chris Stanmore Major prepare his Open 60 vessel for his West about Solo nonstop World record attempt, and to start training alongside Melodie onboard their Class 40. Between the two of them they have a formidable collection of talents that they aim to put to the test in competing in the next double handed round the world race - The Globe 40.
2021 Transat Jacques Vabre
2022 Caribbean 600
2022-23 The Globe 40
2024 Olympics (mixed doublehanded)
2025-26 The Ocean Race (Team Canada)
The plan right now is to work towards securing funding to help us procure and plan for the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre race, sailing from Le Havre to Martinique alongside the multi-50’s, Imoca and Ultim classes. This is our stepping stone to prepare our team for the pressures and intricacies of double handed racing at large distances for the ultimate goal of the GLOBE 40. Prior to this we will be training between Lake Ontario (RCYC) and Nova Scotia on different corporate and training events.
Our main objective is to help shine a light for Canada in the sport that we love so much. We hope to create momentum for offshore sailing and spearhead Canada's place on the world stage in Offshore Ocean Racing.