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Mike Leigh was born in Nanaimo, BC but has spent his life sailing out of Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. He started sailing the Opti class at age eight. He competed in the Laser class in the prestigious Youth Worlds, in 2001 and placed 5th and 2002 he placed 4th. He qualified for the national team at the age of 16.
Now at age 22, Mike sails full time. He’s known by his coaches and competitors for his work ethic; it is not uncommon to see Mike sailing when it is dark. His goal is to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and to be a medal contender.