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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.

One year later, she won another gold medal at the French Olympic Week in Hyères, France, finishing just ahead of Tokyo 2020 and 2022 ILCA 6 World Championship gold medalist Anne-Marie Rindom.

Sarah Douglas won the Rolex Sailor of the Year Award twice (2019 and 2020-2021) and Skipper’s Plan Athlete of the Year Award in 2018, 2019 and 2020-2021.

Athlete Stats

HometownToronto, ON
ClassILCA 6
ClubAshbridges Bay Yacht Club (ABYC)

Recent Results

Year Competition Location Placing
2024 French Olympic Week Hyères, FRA 8
2024 Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta Palma, SPA 17
2024 6th Portugal Grand Prix – Round 2 Vilamoura, POR 3
2024 ILCA 6 World Championship Mar del Plata, ARG 26
2023 2023 Pan American Games Santiago, CHI SILVER
2023 Sailing World Championships The Hague, NED 24
2023 Paris 2024 Test Event Marseille, FRA 5
2023 French Olympic Week Hyères, FRA GOLD
2023 Princess Sofia Regatta Palma, SPA 17
2023 2023 ILCA 6 & 7 Senior European Championships Andora, ITA 21
2023 Portugal Grand Prix – Round 2 Vilamoura, POR 5
2022 ILCA European Championships Hyères, FRA 6
2022 ILCA 6 World Championships Kemah (TX), USA 15
2022 World Sailing Hempel World Cup (at Allianz Regatta) Almere-Lelystad, NED 13
2022 French Olympic Week Hyères, FRA 5
2022 World Sailing Hempel World Cup (at the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy) Mallorca, SPA 1
2022 US Open Sailing Series – Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, USA 5
2021 2020 Olympic Games Tokyo, JPN 6
2021 ILCA Coach Regatta Vilamoura, POR 11
2021 2021 European Laser Radial Continental Qualifier Vilamoura, POR 30
2021 Laser Midwinters East Key Biscayne, USA 1
2021 Lauderdale OCR Fort Lauderdale, USA 3
2021 Clearwater OCR Clearwater Beach, USA 3
2020 Laser Radial World Championships Melbourne, Australia 27
2020 European Championships Gdansk, Poland 6
2019 Olympic Test Event Enoshima, Japan 7
2019 Laser Radial World Championships Sakaiminato, Japan 31
2019 Pan American Games Lima, Peru GOLD
2019 European Championships Porto, Portugal 15
2019 Princess Sofia Trophy Palma, Spain 48
2019 World Cup Miami, USA 10
2019 Lauderdale OCR Fort Lauderdale, USA 2
2018 Laser Radial World Championships Aarhus, Denmark 6
2018 World Cup Enoshima, Japan 6
2018 World Cup Hyeres 36
2018 Princess Sofia Trophy Palma, Spain 32
2018 World Cup Miami, USA 37
2018 North Americans Long Beach, USA 2
2018 Lauderdale OCR Fort Lauderdale, USA 3
2017 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 32
2017 Laser Radial World Championships Medemblik, Netherlands 12
2017 World Cup Miami, USA 21
2017 Kiel Week Kiel, Germany 17
2016 Laser Radial World Championships Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico 16
2016 Princess Sofia Trophy Palma, Spain 41