Officially launched in February 2015, Wind Athletes provides Canada’s premier ocean racing program, Canadian Ocean Racing, both the use of Open 60 O Canada and financial support from our generous private donors to make this program possible.
A small, elite group of aspiring Canadian offshore athletes are selected to be a part of the program headed by Canadian Rolex Sailor of the Year, Eric Holden. In Holden’s journey to the Vendee Globe, just the 3rd Canadian in history to enter the solo nonstop round the world race, he will be using his training sails to mentor the next generation of offshore athletes in Canada.
The program begins with a Launch Tour in Spring 2015 in which select Aspiring Offshore Athletes will be able to participate in some or all of O Canada’s training sail from West to East Coast Canada via the Panama Canal. Further opportunities after the Launch Tour concludes in Summer 2015 will be in transatlantic journeys for Fall 2015 and beyond.
Canadian Ocean Racing’s Open 60 program will not only provide Aspiring Offshore Athletes with access to a competitive Open 60 but also the career guidance and mentorship from some of Canada’s most successful offshore sailors.
Wind Athlete’s support of this Open 60 program will allow aspiring sailors to experience all aspects of running a successful IMOCA campaign. The goal is for these Aspiring Offshore Sailors to come away from the program with the skills, connections and experience to build their own careers in competitive offshore sailing.
Applicants to Canadian Ocean Racing’s Aspiring Offshore Athletes must be a Canadian national between the ages of 21-35 and have some previous offshore experience. For more information and/or to apply, please visit: Canadian Ocean Racing
Sandy Macpherson, Skipper
Sandy Macpherson is the current skipper, and former director of training and development, of Canadian Ocean Racing. Sandy joined the team in March 2015 after a successful campaign in the Mini 650 class. Sandy is the only Canadian to finish the Mini Race Les Sables – Azores – Les Sables, which is a 2400 mile solo race from France to the Azores and back on a 21 foot boat. His 7000 miles of solo sailing experience gives Sandy the upper-hand when sailing O Canada single-handed. Sandy has also logged just as many miles on O Canada, as member of the initial crew that sailed O Canada from Vancouver to Toronto via the Panama Canal. Canadian Ocean Racing is currently campaigning Sandy Macpherson for the 2016 Vendee Globe, whose entry would make him not only the 3rd Canadian to ever attempt the race but also the youngest skipper in Vendee Globe history. Sandy is from Prince Edward County, ON Canada and has a BSc Navigation and Maritime Science degree from Plymouth University.
Morgen Watson, Co-Skipper, COO
Morgen Watson is an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Watson has logged over 80,000 offshore nM, and served as a watch leader onboard Henri Lloyd, 13-14 Clipper Round the World Race winner.In the Fall of 2014, Watson started making plans for his next adventure. As a result, Canadian Ocean Racing was founded.Watson has spent the last year as co-skipper of O Canada logging competitive offshore racing and delivery miles.
As an aspiring offshore racer, Watson is the co-skipper of COR’s sailing team — the second in racing and assisting with training and boat deliveries.
As COO, Watson is responsible for team direction, race prep and supplying Macpherson with onshore support throughout the race. Watson is a co-founder of Canadian Ocean Racing and is always looking for ways to promote the sport and provide opportunities for other aspiring Canadian ocean sailors like himself.
Meg Reilly, PR & Partnership Manager
Meg Reilly is a marketing and communications professional with a big passion for sailing and the world’s oceans.
In 2013, Meg Reilly left her coveted career at Y&R Global to circumnavigate the world as a crew member on the Clipper Round the World Race. As a ’round the worlder’ onboard Henri Lloyd, Reilly served as the team’s Media Crew Manager, Victualler and Assistant Watch Leader. Reilly feels very lucky to have had a great crew that ultimately took round the world victory at the conclusion of the race in July 2014.
Currently Reilly runs her own consultancy, Complementary Connections, serving clients in sports, travel, entertainment and education. She has managed several national and international campaigns for clients, such as the Round the World campaign she ran during the race for 4POINT4 – a sports and community crowdfunding organization.
Reilly graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Marketing, International Business and Japanese. Inspired by her father, a U.S. Navy vet and merchant mariner, Reilly will always have one foot in the water no matter where she is or what she does.
Truly believing in the talented COR team and their mission, Reilly is proud to serve Canadian Ocean Racing as their PR & Partnerships Manager.