Jacob and Graeme Saunders both grew up sailing in Chester, Nova Scotia and started racing at ages 11 and 13, respectively. The brothers began their campaign in the 470 in 2011, with Jacob skippering and Graeme crewing. They teamed up with the ultimate goal of representing Canada in the 470 class at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Jacob completed his Diploma of Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University in May 2014. He is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Graduate at Park View Education Centre in 2010. Graeme also graduated from Dalhousie University where he received a Bachelor of Commerce in May 2014 and completed the IB Diploma Programme at Park View Education Centre in 2008.
The 470 was designed in 1963 by a Frenchman, Andre Cornu, as a modern fibreglass planing dinghy. The boat was introduced to the Olympics in 1976 as a men's class, and in the 1988 games for women. 470 is the length of the boat in centimetres (4.7m LOA).
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