Sandy Andrews


First Name :Sandy

Last Name :Andrews

Home Town :Toronto

Home Province :Québec

Bio :

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

Sandy Andrews is not your average sailor. At 59 years of age, Sandy is a sailing guru, a self-proclaimed magician and the would-be winner of the World’s Wittiest Sailor Award, if such an award ever did exist. Born and raised in Toronto, Sandy received a BSc at the University of Toronto. Now, he is looking forward to displaying his colourful personality, along with his sailing skills at Toronto 2015.

When it comes to sailing, Sandy’s ocean racing credits includes three Admirals Cups, two Bermuda Races, the 1980 Sardinia Cup, and many SORC’s and Key West Race Weeks. Match race events include 1983 and 1987 America’s Cup campaigns, Canada’s Cup in 1984, 2001 and 2003, Bermuda Gold Cup, Polaris Cups, York Cups and Knickerbocker.

Questions and Answers:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, including your hometown, education, recent results, and any other relevant information.
I live in Toronto, and that is where I went to school. I gots me a pertty good edification at the Universe of Toronto, a BS, or BSc. Something like that. Results? Well, it was a long time ago, but I probably got an A, or maybe an A-. What? You mean race results? I qualified for this didn’t I? Isn’t that why you’re asking me all these questions?

2. What would be your ultimate achievement in life, and/or in sport?
Sailing a solo circumnavigation of the world would probably represent the pinnacle achievement in life for me. Or maybe getting a gold medal in cliff diving.

3. If you could participate at an elite level for any other sport besides sailing, what would it be?
Darts. Better known as “the gentleman’s lawn darts.” Have you seen how popular that is? Yeah, that would be pretty sweet.

4. Do you have any routines and/or superstitions that are considered before you race?
I have no superstitions. I’m a complete pragmatist in that regard. I only follow routines that have proven to be infallible. So, I generally just eat breakfast, and then sacrifice a goat to the wind gods. Then the goat becomes breakfast for the next day. Repeat until races are over. Oh yeah, I also part my hair on the opposite side on race days.

5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I think I would like to be Wolverine of the X-men. Partly because of his awesome adamantium skeleton. But mostly because of his remarkable self-healing abilities. I’m constantly wrecking myself on the boat so that would be a useful attribute.

6. If you could sail with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
That would definitely have to be Captain Hook, but only the Dustin Hoffman version. Jack Sparrow would be a close second. If I couldn’t have either of them, then I guess I would have to choose my sons.

7. What was the best advice you were ever given?
“Don’t eat anything bigger than your head.” Miss Piggy really got it right on that one.

8. Do you have any special talents that most people don’t know about?
Most people don’t know that I’m magic. But my sons do. I almost always got their allowance back by making their coins disappear. They never figured it out. Also, I’m pretty good with nunchuks.

9. What does the average day in the life of Sandy include?
I already covered some of that so I’ll take it up from where I left off. After the goat sacrifice I take my dog for a walk. And then head off to the gym. Sometimes I even get there. Next I go to work. I work at an apparel manufacturer/retailer. Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve got quite good at solitaire there. I also recently finished the internet. It took a long time. After work I usually just rock out. And I seem to spend an inordinate amount of the day apologizing, mostly for things I can’t remember doing.

10. If you could have any actor/actress play you in a movie, who would you choose and why?
Paul Giomatti would be a good choice. He’s pretty cool. And we have the same haircut. I should choose someone with more hair. How about Glenn Close. She’s crazy!