Hyères, France is hosting the third round of the 2018 World Cup Series. More than 830 sailors from 46 nations, sailing in one Para World Sailing event and the ten Olympic classes will race in the French town from 22-29 April 2018 © Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing


Sarah Douglas

Athlete Bio

Born in Burlington, Ontario, Sarah Douglas grew up on the island of Barbados, where she started to sail at the age of 7. Starting in the Optimist, she competed in the North American and World Championships and became the Canadian National Champion before the age of 15.

After outgrowing the Optimist, Sarah returned to Canada in 2008 and transitioned into the Laser Radial (ILCA 6) class. From there, she quickly became one of the top youth sailors in Canada and in 2010, she qualified and represented Canada at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore where she took the 10th spot. After coming in second place at the 2010 Youth Nationals, Sarah lost interest in competing and decided to coach youth athletes at Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club, which she did over two summers.

In 2014, her dream to compete at the Olympics was sparked by Canadian medalist Rosie MacLennan, who inspired Sarah to get back into the game and pursue her goal of winning an Olympic medal. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management at the University of Guelph, Sarah began sailing full time and has been on the Canadian Sailing Team since 2015.

Ranked today as one of the best Laser Radial sailors in the world, she has come up with impressive results at several international competitions, including a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru. Sarah qualified Canada for the Olympics by finishing 6th at the 2018 World Championships and came in first at the Canadian Olympic trials in early 2021.

At her first Olympic Games, she took the 6th spot overall which is the best Canadian female performance in an individual sailing event at the Olympic Games.

In April 2022, at the World Sailing Hempel World Cup that was held at the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy in Mallorca, Spain, the first major Olympic multiclass competition to take place since Tokyo 2020, Sarah Douglas won the gold medal in ILCA 6, her first podium finish at a World Sailing competition and, by the same token, her first career gold medal.

Athlete Stats

HometownToronto, ON
ClassLaser Radial
ClubAshbridges Bay Yacht Club (ABYC)
Team2022 Canadian Sailing Team


  • Bahia de Paracas, Friday August 09, 2019  - Sarah Douglas from Canada during the Award Ceremony of the Sailing during the Pan American Games Lima 2019 Bahia de Paracas.
Copyright  Guillermo Arias / Lima 2019 

Mandatory credits: Lima 2019
  • Ready Steady Tokyo Sailing 2019. Olympic Sailing Test Event ©JESUS RENEDO/SAILING ENERGY/WORLD SAILING
17 August, 2019.

Recent Results

Year Competition Location Placing
2022World Sailing Hempel World Cup (at Allianz Regatta)Almere-Lelystad, NED13
2022French Olympic WeekHyères, FRA5
2022World Sailing Hempel World Cup (at the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy) Mallorca, SPA1
2022US Open Sailing Series - Fort LauderdaleFort Lauderdale, USA5
20212020 Olympic GamesTokyo, JPN6
2021ILCA Coach RegattaVilamoura, POR11
20212021 European Laser Radial Continental QualifierVilamoura, POR 30
2021Laser Midwinters EastKey Biscayne, USA1
2021Lauderdale OCRFort Lauderdale, USA3
2021Clearwater OCRClearwater Beach, USA3
2020Laser Radial World ChampionshipsMelbourne, Australia27
2020European ChampionshipsGdansk, Poland 6
2019Olympic Test EventEnoshima, Japan7
2019Laser Radial World ChampionshipsSakaiminato, Japan31
2019Pan American GamesLima, PeruGOLD
2019European ChampionshipsPorto, Portugal15
2019Princess Sofia TrophyPalma, Spain48
2019World Cup Miami, USA10
2019Lauderdale OCRFort Lauderdale, USA2
2018Laser Radial World ChampionshipsAarhus, Denmark6
2018World CupEnoshima, Japan6
2018World CupHyeres36
2018Princess Sofia TrophyPalma, Spain32
2018World CupMiami, USA37
2018North AmericansLong Beach, USA2
2018Lauderdale OCRFort Lauderdale, USA3
2017European ChampionshipsBarcelona, Spain32
2017Laser Radial World ChampionshipsMedemblik, Netherlands12
2017World CupMiami, USA21
2017Kiel WeekKiel, Germany17
2016Laser Radial World ChampionshipsNuevo Vallarta, Mexico16
2016Princess Sofia TrophyPalma, Spain41

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