Biography:

As a young racer, Jacob Saunders competed in the Optimist and 420 classes, winning two national titles in each. He began sailing with his older brother Graeme in the fall of 2009. Two years later they started competing in the 470 class, with Jacob skippering and Graeme crewing, and attended the 2011 Junior World Championships. In 2012 they won Sail Canada’s Nathan Cowan Memorial Award for Developing Sailors, following it up the next year with the Marvin McDill Memorial Award, given to the Canadian Sailing Team’s Rookie of the Year. The brothers secured a 470 Olympic berth for Canada at Rio 2016 with their seventh place finish at the Miami World Cup in January 2016. They went on to match their best-ever world championship result with their second straight 32nd place finish.

Getting to know…

Family: Mother Christie Chaplin-Saunders… Older brother Graeme is his teammate and crewman… Cousin Mike Patton has represented Canada internationally in cycling… Getting into the Sport: Began competitive sailing at age 11…Outside Interests: In his third year of Industrial Engineering studies at Dalhousie University… Completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Park View Education Centre in 2010…