David Ogden


First Name :David

Last Name :Ogden

Home Town :Toronto

Home Province :Ontario

Bio :

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

David lives in Toronto, and is therefore very excited to be competing in front of a home crowd at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. He and his J24 crew sailed to first overall in the Pan Am Trials, giving them a hard-earned Team Canada berth. In 1989, David received an HBS in the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He now works in commercial real estate, and is the proud father of three children. David still has the ability to squeeze as much sailing as he can into his evenings and weekends.

Recent Results:

2015 Midwinter Championship in Tampa, Florida – 3rd
2014 J24 NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg, Florida – 1st
2013 IRC Canadian National Championship (J35) – 1st
2011 IRC North American Championship (J35) – 1st

Questions and Answers:

1. If you could sail with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Paul Elvstrom "You haven't won the race if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors."

2. What does the average day in the life of David include?
Early workout, commercial real estate during the week days, sailing in the evenings and weekends, snowboarding in the winter. Engaged on a daily basis with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Toronto. Enjoy evenings with Christianne and our 3 boys 7, 12, 14.

3. What has been your greatest challenge so far in life, and how did you overcome it?
Starting my own business in 2001. Overcame the challenge with hard work, trusted relationships and always being a man of character.

4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flying. From a bird's eye view I could see where all the puffs are on the water, could travel anywhere on a whim.

5. What would be your ultimate achievement in life, and/or in sport?
My relationship with my youngest son, Jack. I walk him to school every day and pick him up most days; I take him to hockey and coach his soccer team. I am a proud Dad.

6. Do you have any routines and/or superstitions that are considered before you race?
I wear red underwear.

7. What do you believe is the key to success?
Hard work, trusted relationships, integrity and understanding the importance of your character.

8. What is the strangest thing you have seen happen during a race?
We were over early at the start of a race in a 50 boat fleet, the wind shifted 35 degrees to the right and we banged the right corner of the second upwind leg and managed to pass all 50 boats by the finish line.

9. Who is your role model, and/or where do you draw your inspiration from?
Gerald Knowlton. He inspired me to get into commericial real estate out of business school in 1989. He encouraged me to travel, have a balanced life and work smart at a young age. In June of this year I am dedicating a Habitat for Humanity home in his name here in Toronto.