Evan DePaul is the crew of the 49er, a two-handed skiff, with skipper William Jones. The two first teamed up in the summer of 2015 to race in the 49er FX, before moving into the 49er in 2016. Just a year later, they won gold at the 2017 Junior World Championship held at their home training centre in Kingston, Ontario.
Jones and DePaul laid claim to Canada’s Tokyo 2020 spot in the 49er by being the top Canadian boat at the 2020 World Championships for the class. They improved upon their best ever result at worlds by more than 20 spots, a culmination of their efforts to work on their weaknesses as a lot of small pieces came together.
Early in his career, DePaul raced C420s, becoming a top three youth sailor in Canada. He was drawn to the 49er because of the technical aspects involved and the sailing skill required.
A Little More About Evan
Getting into the Sport: Had day-sailed his parents’ keelboat as a child… Joined a summer sailing program in 2010 at age 14… Wanted to quit after his first week of sailing camp but his dad made him stick with it for the two weeks he had signed up for and he ended up enjoying it so much he went back the next summer… Entered his first regatta in 2012… Was drawn to competitive sailing because of the many variables that make it very challenging… Outside Interests: Pursuing a fitness and health diploma at St. Lawrence College… Would like to become a trainer for elite athletes… Enjoys doing other sports such as ice hockey, snowboarding, basketball… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: Proper preparation prevents poor performance…
Notable International Results
ISAF World Championship: 2018 – 77th (49er)
Other World Championships: 2020 – 39th (49er); 2019 – 61st (49er); 2017 – 69th (49er)