By Katie Richard/Ontario Sailor Magazine
It’s her determination combined with winning genes that keeps petite Ali ten Hove on top of the podium.
“I first started sailing when I was six or seven years old,” she says. “My dad actually went to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the 470 and coached in the 1988 Olympics, so I was kind of born into sailing.”
The 17-year-old, who was named Ontario Sailing’s Women Sailors’ Association Female Junior Sailor of the Year in 2012, began sailing recreationally with clubs close to her home in Kingston before joining an Opti race team and then a mini 420 elite team.
She says the award is a humbling feat.
“I was very honoured to receive this award. It wasn't only recognition for myself, but for all my great teammates, coaching staff and community that has helped me along my sailing career thus far,” she says. “I am aware of all the talented and passionate sailors Ontario has produced and recognized throughout history, and it’s humbling to be mentioned in that same group.”
More recently, ten Hove joined forces with Allison (Allie) Surrette of Nova Scotia, sailing the 420 class.
“Last year was our first season together,” she says, adding the duo’s first regatta, the Midwinter Regatta in February, was anything but smooth sailing. “Our first regatta was pretty rough.”
But after a lot of great coaching from here in Ontario and in Surrette’s home town, ten Hove says the pair of teens were able to rise to the challenge. SUBSCRIBE FOR FULL STORY