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Olympic hopeful James Dagge in training.
Olympic hopeful James Dagge in training.


Cathay Pacific Second Officer James Dagge will represent Hong Kong in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. A passionate dinghy sailor, he was sailing before he could walk…

"I was born in Hong Kong and my dad took me on his boat when I was only six weeks old. We moved to Australia and I really got into sailing there. I joined Cathay Pacific in January 2017 and I now keep my training boat in Causeway Bay, at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. I’m lucky, because I can fit training round my schedule as a pilot."

In the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics, James heads to the World Championships in Denmark in August. He currently trains for about ten hours every week. "The Ninepins near Sai Kung are great, as there’s good wind and big waves," he says. But Hong Kong Harbour is his favourite: "the backdrop is jaw-dropping!"

Asked what he loves about sailing, James says: "The unrelenting pursuit of perfection. Being able to be out and about on the water whenever I want feels amazing. I find it rejuvenating".
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