Meet the Skipper: Scott Shawyer

Canada Ocean Racing was founded and launched by Scott Shawyer, a successful businessman, engineer and adventurer. With a love and passion for the outdoors, Scott has completed numerous extreme adventures and is no stranger to pushing himself to the limits.


A downhill ski racer, a triathlete, and a lifelong sailor; Scott is now focusing on a new challenge, the biggest in offshore sailing; the solo, non-stop, unassisted race round-the-world race, The Vendée Globe.


The combination of Scott’s drive, energy, business acumen, zest for adventure, analytical mindset and stamina are all fundamental character elements that have led him to take on what will be his toughest challenge yet and become a Vendée Globe skipper.

The Team

Scott Shawyer

President & Skipper

Alex Thomson


Becci Barrie

Team Manager

Ryan Barkey

Boat Crew

Reserve Skipper

Erica Lush

Boat Crew

Deck Hardware

Henry McCann

Boat Crew


Daniel Dagenais-Gaw

Boat Crew

Emma Kettle

Team Director

Karen Ridgen-Murphy

Finance Manager

Miles Ushaw

Technical Logistics

Peter Hobson

Naval Architect

Louise Heazelton

Logistics Manager