Jamie Allan


First Name :Jamie

Last Name :Allan

Home Town :Montreal

Home Province :Québec

Bio :

Class: Lightning
Description: The Lightning is a three-person, 19-foot, sloop rigged sailing dinghy. A dinghy is a small sailing boat that has a centreboard.

Jamie resides in Montreal, the city where he has lived ever since his family moved there from New Brunswick in 1980.  He studied geography at Concordia University, later getting a Bachelor of Education at Bishops University, and most recently completed a Masters in Environmental Education at Royal Roads on Vancouver Island.  He has taught high school for the past 11 years while trying to sail as often as possible with his current crew and oldest friends, Jay Deakin and Chantal Leger. 

Recent Results:

Miami mid winter Championship – 4th
Lightning Southern Circuit – 5th
Have been the top Canadian at the Lightning Canadian Open 5 of the past six years, while winning it outright twice.

Questions and Answers:

1. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?
Outside of sailing, having completed my Masters while continuing to work.

2. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

3. Do you have any routines and/or superstitions that are considered before you race?
They seem to be increasing as I get older, but I usually like to be the first boat in the water and as a team someone usually tries to say something outlandish and funny (ideally nothing to do with sailing) in the moments preceding the warning signal in order to loosen the mood. 

4. What is your favourite Pan Am Games memory and/or your favourite sailing memory?
The fact that I have never before qualified for the Pan Am Games, and the manner in which we qualified, winning a tiebreak after winning the final race, made for a pretty dramatic trials event and a memory that will stand out for some time.

5. What was the best advice you were ever given?
In sailing, Larry Macdonald once told me to “Lean on the Jib”, I was a bit of a pincher when I was young.
In Life, my mom advised me that I was confusing love with infatuation.

6. What would be your ultimate achievement in life, and/or in sport?
In life- get to keep pursing the interests that I am most passionate about with the people I love
In sport- A Pan Am Gold Medal would be nice!

7. What is the strangest thing you have seen happen during a race?
Hundreds of Lasers turtled on purpose as a squall rips through Kingston during Cork, or just an Opti kid who stopped racing because he couldn’t wait to eat his lunch.

8. If you could sail with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Paul Cayard

9. What does the average day in the life of Jamie include?
I’m a teacher so I’ll go with a summer day.
-Wake up and catch the Sports Center loop
-Go for an hour long run (more like 35min)
-Check if anything has changed in the Sports Center loop
-Lunch is my favorite meal of the day, so I extend that as long as possible
-Read a trashy historical fiction novel (I love Ken Follett)
-Meet up with my wife and friends who have real jobs in the summer
-A little evening racing, perhaps followed by a rum based beverage on the yacht club deck