David Jarvis


First Name :David

Last Name :Jarvis

Home Town :Toronto

Home Province :Ontario

Bio :

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

Unlike the majority of Team Canada’s Pan Am team, David was not born on Canadian soil. He was actually born in Caracas, Venezuela, and his family moved to Canada in 1968. He grew up in Toronto, and is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario. Now, David is currently working for Telus/Public Mobile, with the mission of growing the online only mobile phone company.

David’s background includes being a professional sailor and sailmaker from 1998-2004, including working with AmericaOne at the 1999/2000 Louis Vuitton Trials in Auckland. As a member of RCYC since 1986, David has competed in various International events including the 2001/2002 Volvo Ocean Race, the Bermuda Gold Cup Match Race events, the 2007 and 2010 Canada’s Cup events, as well as additional events throughout Europe and the Caribbean.

David will be sailing with teammates Terry McLaughlin, Sandy Andrews, and David Ogden in the J24 at Toronto 2015.


Recent Results:

2013 Swan 42 North American Championships – 1st
2013 J105 North American Championships – 1st
2013 NYYC Invitational Regatta – 1st
2011 NYYC Invitational Regatta – 1st

Questions and Answers:

1. What is your favourite Pan Am Games memory and/or your favourite sailing memory? 
Going downwind in the VOR in 40 knots, awesome power in a boat!

2. If you could have any actor/actress play you in a movie, who would you choose and why?
In the last place I worked, one of our team there was writing a sitcom screenplay, and I think they had Matt Damon playing me…

3. Do you have any special talents that most people don’t know about?
I enjoy cooking – especially if it involves anything I have grown in my backyard.

4. What does the average day in the life of David include?
Early start, coffee, crossing items off a ‘to do’ list, more coffee,…

5. If you could participate at an elite level for any other sport besides sailing, what would it be? 
Surfing, golfing, basically any sport that is outdoors.

6. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?
Getting to a point in a sport when you get to represent your country. It’s an honour.

7. If you could sail with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
J.F. Kennedy

8. What was the best advice you were ever given?
‘Dictate, or be dictated to’
‘Remove ‘hope’ from your business vocabulary’

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