Clara
Gravely

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Athlete Bio

Clara Gravely has loved playing sports since a young age, when she competed in soccer, karate and a variety of school sports. She had an Olympic dream before she even knew what sailing was.

She was first introduced to the sport of sailing when she did a beginner keelboat course with her family in 2011, a not-so-positive first experience for her – she got so seasick that she kissed the ground when she got back to shore!

That didn’t stop her from exploring more sailing in summer 2011, when she started dinghy sailing at a Learn-to-Sail camp at Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club. She first started competing in sailing in summer 2014, at the age of 15, and fell in love with the sport, especially the problem-solving puzzle of racing and the feeling of surfing waves downwind.

Since then, she has taken part in many international events, including World Cups and World Championships, but her favourite memory to look back on was her qualification for the 2017 Youth World Championships at the Midwinters East in Clearwater, FL. Dreaming of attending the Youth Worlds, she felt a lot of pressure and overcame many challenges throughout the qualifying regatta. With a strong last day of racing where she clinched the spot, it felt very special to have achieved her first major milestone in the sport, and to be able to celebrate with her teammates and coaches.

Her goal now is to perform at the top of the ILCA 6 fleet and to win an Olympic medal, while inspiring and encouraging young Canadians, especially girls, to pursue sailing so that Canada can continue to improve its program.

Clara Gravely graduated from Queen’s University in Spring 2021, with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geography and a minor in Biology. She is potentially looking to pursue a master’s degree and a career that aligns with her interest in environmental science or in the field of mental performance.

Other than sailing, Clara has a variety of creative interests outside of sport, including drawing funny comic strips, writing and reading.

Athlete Stats

HometownToronto, ON
ClassILCA 6
ClubAshbridges Bay Yacht Club

Recent Results

YEAR COMPETITION LOCATION PLACING
2024 ILCA Senior Europeans / Open European Trophy Athens, GRE 83
2024 ILCA 6 World Championship Mar del Plata, ARG 45
2023 Sailing World Championships The Hague, NED 72
2023 ILCA North American Championship at 2023 US Open Sailing Series Long Beach, California (USA) 6
2023 Kiel Week Kiel, GER 19
2023 French Olympic Week Hyères, FRA 73
2023 Princess Sofia Regatta Palma, SPA 47
2023 2023 ILCA 6 & 7 Senior European Championships Andora, ITA 64
2023 2022 US Open Sailing Series – Clearwater Clearwater, USA 14
2023 2022 US Open Sailing Series – Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, USA 11
2022 ILCA 6 World Championships Kemah (TX), USA 42
2022 Sail Canada 2022 ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 Senior Championships Kingston, CAN 6
2022 2022 ILCA North American Championships Kingston, CAN 4
2022 Kiel Week Kiel, GER 27
2022 World Sailing Hempel World Cup (at Allianz Regatta) Almere-Lelystad, NED 44
2022 French Olympic Week Hyères, FRA 39
2022 World Sailing Hempel World Cup (at the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy) Mallorca, SPA 41
2022 US Open Sailing Series – Clearwater Clearwater, USA 6
2022 US Open Sailing Series – Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, USA 12
2021 ILCA 6 (Radial) Women’s World Championships Oman 51
2021 Senior ILCA European Championships Varna, BUL 43
2021 Kiel Week Kiel, GER 14
2021 2021 ILCA 6 Canadian Senior Championships Kingston, CAN 5
2021 ILCA North Americans San Francisco, USA 6
2021 Laser Midwinters West Long Beach, USA 7
2019 2019 Laser Radial Canadian Senior Championships Kingston, CAN 2
2019 CORK OCR Kingston, CAN 3
2019 Laser Radial World Champonships Sakaiminiati, JPN 56
2019 Laser Senior European Championships Porto. POR 71
2019 50th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Palma de Mallorca, ESP 62
2019 Hempel World Cup – Miami Miami, USA 55