Scott Shawyer is the skipper and president of Canada Ocean Racing, an international ocean racing team dedicated to providing sailors of all ages with new experiences while promoting inclusion in the sport through charitable and corporate brand partners.
The Vendée Globe has never before been completed by a Canadian, a feat Scott hopes to accomplish in the 2028 edition of the race.
A successful businessman, Scott spent 26 years as president and CEO of JMP Solutions, an industrial technology company that provides engineering services and turnkey solutions. In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Scott contributed his expertise to the manufacture and production of a ventilator (V4C) to combat the virus. At the same time, he co-authored the Go Outside Activity Challenge Book, which encourages children to explore the outdoors through activity challenges. His philanthropic commitments are an integral part of his daily life and he funds various programs for local schools and Canadian universities.
A lifelong sailor, adventurer and athlete, Scott's passion for sailing began at the age of eight when he started sailing dinghies on Georgian Bay. He tried his hand at catamaran sailing and then racing keelboats, including an Antrim 27. Single-handed and short-handed sailing became his passion and although he fully recognised his status as an 'amateur' sailor, Scott concentrated on completing a comprehensive training programme, with the support of renowned offshore sailor Alex Thomson.
Scott's drive, energy, business acumen, sense of adventure, analytical mind and stamina are all fundamental elements that have led him to take on what will be his toughest challenge and become a skipper in the Vendée Globe.
After a first transatlantic race in 2022, Scott will join the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES circuit in 2023 by participating, with Ryan Barkey, in the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race.
After his first transatlantic race in 2022, Scott joined the IMOCA GLOBE SERIES circuit in 2023, taking part with Ryan Barkey in the Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race. During the Transat Jacques Vabre, Scott Shawyer and co-skipper Nick Moloney retire due to an incident aboard their IMOCA.