Evert McLaughlin began sailing at the age of 6 at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) in Toronto Harbour. He began racing the 1-person Optimist boat competitively by the age of 9 while in the RCYC Junior Club program. His first years in a sailboat were under the guidance of his father, Terry McLaughlin, a 1984 Olympic silver medalist in the Flying Dutchman class, and the skipper of Canada 1 in the 1983 Louis Vuitton Cup.
Soon Evert was racing more competitively travelling with the Lake Ontario Optimist Team (LOOT) – along the way winning the Optimist Canadian Championships, Optimist CORK, and attending three Optimist World Championships. Evert was named Ontario Sailing Youth Sailor of the year and received the RCYC Fleet Captains award both in 2003. After competing for one year in the Byte class in 2005, Evert began racing Lasers competitively in 2006, which he still sails today.
In 2008, Evert began studying Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University. During his studies, Evert raced Lasers in the summer and throughout the school year, winning CORK twice (2009 and 2010) and the US Nationals in 2010. During University, he qualified for the Ontario Sailing Team and was eligible for Quest for Gold funding. After graduating in 2012, he now works for an engineering firm in Toronto part time while competing internationally against past Olympic medalists and other Olympic hopefuls. In 2013, Evert made the Canadian Sailing team. He hopes to represent Canada at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.