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Ryan Donaldson

Ryan grew up in the small coastal town of Esperance on WA’s south coast, and began sailing at age 15. Sailing quickly became an obsession, beginning with the humble Pelican class and growing into the 125, where he became Junior National Champion in 2012. In School’s Team Racing Ryan captained his Esperance team to a top 10 result at the Nationals.

He moved to Perth to commence study at UWA, and joined the proven Laser program at Fremantle Sailing Club, which has recently yielded a number of World Champions and Australian Representatives in a number of Olympic Classes. While Ryan always dreamed of sailing the 49er, the Laser Radial was an important step in his development.

Ryan diversified his sailing resume with Match Racing, Offshore and M32 experience, as well as Sailmaking with Doyle Sails.

Match Racing as Tactician and Mainsail Trimmer with Lachy’s Gilmour Racing Team, they enjoyed success in local and international match racing regattas, as well as being a part of UWA’s gold medal winning Teams Racing team in the 2015 University Games.

Ryan began campaigning in the 49er with Lachy in 2015, gaining selection into the Australian Sailing Squad in 2017, and rounding out the year with a podium finish at the Nationals.

When at home in WA, Ryan enjoys sailing on board GP42 Black Betty and GT36 Ocean Ranger, as well as visiting friends and family in his hometown.

To begin 2018, Ryan spent some time with Team ID Intranet in the inaugural SuperFoiler Grand Prix, taking on a shore role and getting the opportunity to step into the boat on a few occasions. Campaigning the 49er has kept the guys busy all year, racing and training in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Holland, Germany & Poland in preparation for the 2018 Sailing World Championships in Denmark. Amongst this time away, being awarded the Ron Tough YF Scholarship ranks as one of the highest accolades he could have hoped to achieve.