Emily was brought up in Bermuda by her British mother and South African father. An experienced sailor, she studied Ship Science at University of Southampton and has raced for Britain at European and World Championship level.

In 2015, she led an otherwise all-male British University Sailing Association team to victory on a tour of the USA – and later joined Team BDA, the Bermudan entry in the Youth America's Cup. She was part of the AkzoNobel team in the 2017/18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

She is currently working as a Performance Data Analyst for Great Britain SailGP Team and worked for SoftBank Team Japan during the previous America’s Cup as part of the design team.

About

Nationality

British / Bermudian

Date of birth

18 March 1994

Languages

English, French.

Sailing career highlights

2nd female UK Moth Nationals (2020)
8th Argo Bermuda Gold Cup, World Match Racing Tour (2019)
Women’s 1st FISU Student Match Racing Worlds (2014)

Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Sailor in the AkzoNobel team

Yoann on Emily

Emily is very experienced, and has previously raced in The Ocean Race. She is a very athletic person and does a lot of sailing. I really admire how professional she is in her approach. She wears ‘two hats’ on board Racing for the Planet - both as a sailor and also as a very skilled data analyst. This will be very valuable as we need to record and analyse the data as we make changes to the sail set. She is a great asset to have on board.

Q&A

What was your first sailing memory?

I was nine years old and my neighbour in Bermuda convinced me to hop in an Opti. I was hooked instantly and started racing within months.

Who inspires you?

My sister Megan. There are plenty of sailors to look up to and I have been lucky to be mentored by some incredible athletes, but my sister is a doctor and she has been working through the pandemic as a junior doctor. She saves lives, I just sail boats.

What is your favourite quote?

“Courage isn’t having the energy to go on, it’s going on when you don’t.” - Ellen MacArthur

What was your childhood sailing dream?

Cape Horn and the Southern Ocean. Having read Ellen MacArthur’s book when I was ten, sailing around the world was my crazy dream.

What items do you always take with you when you go sailing?

Snacks. Very important!

What hobbies do you have when not sailing?

Always something active. I compete as an amateur triathlete so I spend a lot of my time running and swimming or out on my bike. I am obsessed with all water sports, whether that’s kitesurfing or padding boarding or surfing dreadfully.

What is your favourite food?

Açaí bowls - I'm addicted!

Give us an example of a sustainable attitude to life - what do you do for a better world?

I started cutting meat out of my diet two years ago and for the past year I have been fully vegetarian for ethical and environmental reasons.

I try to minimise the amount of plastic used. I refuse to buy bottled water and plastic bags. I avoid single-use items wherever possible. With respect to travelling, it can be hard so I try to make up for the flights I take by walking and cycling whenever possible and minimise the time spent travelling by car.

What advice would you give to young sailors to protect the planet?

Every little helps, no matter how small. Just going meat-free for a day a week can have an impact - not just directly but also by showing others that little changes aren’t that hard.

Next race: The Ocean Race Europe

After a year of cancelled events, the opportunity to get back out and racing is incredible. This will be the first time the VO65s are back together since the previous edition of The Ocean Race and it will be amazing to see the other boats on the start line and then hopefully in our wake.