At yesterday’s skippers’ press conference regatta director Iain Murray said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen more medals in sailing than this group.”
Indeed. From the America’s Cup to the Olympics and on down to world championships, the 11 skippers competing at the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco are highly decorated. Consider:
- Russell Coutts (four) and Jimmy Spithill have five America’s Cup victories between them
- Ben Ainslie (five), Peter Burling, Coutts, Chris Draper and Iker Martinez (two) account for 10 Olympic medals, seven of them gold
- Ainslie (three), Coutts (two) and Martinez have won the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award six times
- Ainslie, Dean Barker, Coutts (three) and Spithill have won six match racing world championships
- Draper (two), Martinez (three) and Nathan Outteridge (four) have won the 49er Worlds nine times
- Ainslie has won 10 Finn world championships
This list doesn’t even take into account other championships, such as the six world championships Artemis Racing’s Terry Hutchinson has won in the J/24, Farr 40, TP52 and IMS classes, nor the round-the-world and oceanic records and championships won by Energy Team’s Loïck Peyron, nor the match racing championships won by Phil Robertson of China Team.
It also doesn’t even scratch the surface of the championships won by tacticians such as John Kostecki (Olympic silver medal, multiple world championships), Iain Percy (three Olympic medals, two world championships) and Tom Slingsby (Olympic gold, ISAF Rolex World Sailor award, six Laser worlds).
Others have many more awards and reinforce the Cup’s slogan, “The best sailors on the fastest boats.”
View the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco crew list.