Biography:

The crewman of Canada’s 49er FX, Dannie Boyd teamed up with skipper Erin Rafuse in anticipation of the boat class making its Olympic debut at Rio 2016. In 2012 she had represented Canada at the ISAF Equipment Evaluation of skiffs for the 2016 Olympic Games and recognized the potential of the 49er FX. With Rafuse, Boyd finished 27th at the 2014 ISAF World Championships, cracking the top-30 in the world for the second straight year. In 2015 the duo competed at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and achieved a career-best world championship result with their 17th place finish in Buenos Aires that also qualified the Canadian boat for Rio. They also posted an impressive 11th place finish at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain. Boyd had previously competed in the 29er at the 2010 World Championships. In 2012 she was a member of the Dalhousie Sailing Team that competed at the 32nd Student Yachting World Cup in France.

Getting to Know…

Family: Parents Jeff and Florence Boyd… Her father was an Olympic coach at Los Angeles 1984 and former America’s Cup competitor… Younger sister Rachael… Getting into the Sport: Started sailing at age 7… Her father had been a high level sailor so the sport was a natural fit… Got into the 29er skiff at age 16… Outside Interests: Graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology… Enjoys writing, painting, watching movies and TV shows, running, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking… Odds and Ends: Supports Boys and Girls Club of Kingston… Inspired by Silken Laumann’s drive, tenacity and accomplishments… Considers her hats lucky and generally wears the same one throughout an event… Collects hotel pens from her travels… Always travels with a blanket…