Terry McLaughlin


First Name :Terry

Last Name :McLaughlin

Home Town :Toronto

Home Province :Ontario

Bio :

Class: J24
Description: The J24 is a four-person keelboat, meaning it has a fixed keel.

Born in Toronto, Terry went to St. Michael’s College School for high school and then majored in Economics at Queen’s University. Him and his partner were Gold Medal favourites in the Flying Dutchman Class for the 1980 Olympics, which Canada ended up boycotting. In the following 1984 Olympics, the pair then won a Silver Medal. Along with being an Olympic silver medalist, Terry has many other achievements on his repertoire, including five-time winner of the York Cup, the most prestigious match-racing event in the country; skipper of Canada I in the 1983 America's Cup Trials; world champion, Flying Dutchman (1980); two-time Intercollegiate All-American. In addition, Terry has twice received Sail Canada’s’ Rolex Sailor of the Year.

Terry’s recent victory at the Pan Am trials marks 41 years since his previous Pan Am Trials win, in the Lightning class. Furthermore, Terry’s son, Evert, also qualified for Toronto 2015 in the Snipe class, making it a family affair for the McLaughlins.

Recent Results:

2013 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup – 1st
2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup – 1st
2003 Canada’s Cup – 1st
2001 Canada’s Cup – 1st

Questions and Answers:

1. How does it feel to have the opportunity to be competing in the same Pan Am Games as your son?
It is great to have my son Evert in the same Games. My father, Evert’s grandfather, sailed in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics for Canada. His and my Olympic sailing certainly did not overlap.

2. As an accomplished sailor, do you have any advice for the sailors who are competing at a major Games for their first time?
Somehow they have to sail as if it isn’t their first Games. Don’t be in awe of the whole scene. Don’t get caught up in ceremonies, etc. Focus on your own sailing. Don’t take chances that you wouldn’t normally take on the race course.

3. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?
Sailing wise probably longevity of success.

4.If you could participate at an elite level for any other sport besides sailing, what would it be?
Probably hockey.  I play hockey and used to coach it but was never that good at it.

5. If you were to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

6. What is the strangest thing you have seen happen during a race?
In Italy sailing a six man Asso 99 two hundred yards before the first mark my Olympic crew Evert Bastet went over the side of the boat. When I saw that he was floating and that he was positioned on a line between the first and second marks I quickly made the decision to sail on to round the first mark , delayed the spinnaker hoist and then slowed down to drag him on board before hoisting the spinnaker and continuing the race. We lost some distance but no boats. Under the current sailing rules that would not be allowed.

7. If you could sail with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
The great Danish sailor Paul Elvstrom.

8. What has been your greatest challenge so far in life, and how did you overcome it?
Balancing work, family and sport. I often chose to work in a field that allowed me a little flexibility to get time off to sail.

9. What does the average day in the life of Terry include?
These days, working at importing and selling Dubarry of Ireland footwear and clothing and looking forward to my next sailing race, hockey or squash game.