Georgia and I are originally from Montreal. Starting in 2005, when I was eight, our family began summering in Chester, Nova Scotia. The junior sailing program at the Chester Yacht Club (CYC) was very popular; ironically, we were forced into it. Sailing was terrifying, but it built character. It was through our coaches there that we sparked our competitive drive in this sport. – Antonia

We moved to Chester, and went to school in Halifax. Logistically, the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS) was more accessible for sailing during the school year. Our Argentinian coaches pushed us to sail in all kinds of conditions we’d never experienced: extreme wind, freezing rain, hail, snow, nightfall. This led us to the top of our fleets in North America, respectively. – Georgia

Georgia sailed the opti on the Canadian Optimist Atlantic Sailing Team (COAST), until she became a very successful 420 helm. I sailed the laser radial for three years, thinking I would someday pursue a radial campaign. Both of us aspired to attend the annual International Sailing Association Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championships. At 18, I was on track to qualify for Canada, and lost my very last qualifying event. It was a loss that I learned a great deal from and luckily I dived into the foundation year at the University at Kings College and the Dalhousie science department, sailing out of the RNSYS when I had the chance. Meanwhile, Georgia qualified for three ISAF Youth World Championships. In December 2015 she competed in Langkawi, Malaysia and came 13/21, December 2016 in Aukland, New Zealand 12/21, and finally in December 2017 in Sanya, China she finished a stunning 6th place with a bullet in the third race, the highest score ever for a Canadian athlete in the I420. – Antonia

In summer 2016, I needed a 420 crew for the Canadian and American National Championships. Antonia took a leave from teaching sailing at the CYC and stepped in, and we surprised ourselves by winning both events. After that summer, we decided that one day we would join forces again in an Olympic class boat: the 49erFX. – Georgia

Georgia and I are confident that our coaching and training resources will help us to reach our sailing goals, but we are in the early growing stage of building our network of financial support. We are always open to accepting advice and feedback that anyone may have. We need help in order to compete with teams with financial advantage. In the moment that equipment is the last factor standing toward victory, we need to have the equal advantage. 

We are currently two students, both in academic fields that we intend to translate into careers after the olympics. I will graduate from an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/Microbiology & Immunology in the spring of 2019. I will then pursue a master’s degree program in order to maintain my academic record. Georgia will graduate with a degree in civil engineering in the spring of 2021. We will train full time between the spring of 2021 and 2024. After the Olympics, I will begin medical school and Georgia will either further her education or begin her career. We are fully committed to contribute to building the sailing community in Canada. 
– Antonia

May 2018 marks the month that we began campaigning for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in the 49erFX class. We will develop our knowledge of the boat under the coaching of 2X Olympian Krzysztof “Chris” Kierkowski.


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The 49erFX is a skiff: it has a flat, planing hull shape that performs best at high speeds. It measures 16’ long, with a 9.5’ beam. The asymmetrical spinnaker runs the full length of the mast. It is crewed by two sailors, both on the trapeze. The boat shares an identical hull with the men’s double handed Olympic skiff, the 49er, but has a shorter mast and flatter sails, allowing for a smaller crew weight. The boat requires precise weight placement and steering to maintain speed and stability.

The FX is a true high performance skiff. It demands athleticism, balance, skill and daring. The FX is a skiff that will show to the world how spectacular our sport is and what amazing athletes our women sailors are. Our top women sailors want a skiff that is thrilling in 10 knots and still racing in 25 knots. This is the FX.

Media and spectators already love the 49erFX. The women’s skiff event in the 49erFX has the potential to be one of the glamour events of the entire Olympics.
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Georgia – SKIPPER

Georgia – SKIPPER

Antonia – CREW

Antonia – CREW

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Krys Kierkowski – 49erFX Coach

Coach Krzysztof, from Poland, is a two-time Olympian (Athens & Beijing) and a former member of the Polish National Sailing Team. He has extensive experience in the sport and has coached many sailors, including Norway's team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the FX class.


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Craig MacDonald, MSc – Physiologist/Strength & Conditioning Coach, Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic

Craig has been with the Sport Centre Atlantic since 2016 after working in BC for 3 years with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Miami in strength & conditioning and currently studies osteopathy through the Canadian College of Osteopathy. While new to the sport of sailing, Craig is dedicated to helping athletes reach their Olympic goals. Craig occasionally goes out on the coach boat to watch us sailing so that he can design specific exercises to max our strength where we need it.


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Lori Dithurbide, Ph.D. – Mental Performance Consultant, Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic

Lori is the Lead Mental Performance Consultant at the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic and consults with athletes of all ages and experiences on mental training, helping athletes reach their potential. Lori hold Professional Member status with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, and has consulted with athletes participating in a variety of sports including sailing, gymnastics, hockey, basketball, curling, figure skating, golf, canoe/kayak, track and field, among others. Lori is also a faculty member in the School of Health and Human Performance (Kinesiology) at Dalhousie University where she teaches classes and conducts research in the area of sport and exercise psychology.

OUR MENTORS

Augustin Ferrario, RNSYS head race coach
Federico Lopez, 420 coach
Chris Cook, Olympian
Lisa Ross, Olympian
Danielle Dubé, Olympian
Paul Tingley, Olympian
One More Time Crew
Matteo Sangiorgi & Allesandro Franzi, Italian coaches
Emma Hughes