Profile: Jimmy Spithill [ORACLE TEAM USA]

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A two-time winner of the America’s Cup, in 2013 Jimmy Spithill led his team to what has been called the greatest comeback in international sport. ORACLE TEAM USA was down 8-1, before rallying for eight consecutive wins to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America’s Cup.

Spithill was further honored for the epic victory with the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award.

A multiple world champion in both fleet and match racing, Spithill is both the youngest helmsman to compete for the America’s Cup (with Young Australia in 1999 at age 19) as well as the youngest skipper (with ORACLE in 2010 at age 30) to claim sailing’s ultimate prize. In December 2015, he added offshore awards to his CV, winning line honors onboard the super-maxi Comanche in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

His goal now is to lead the team to a ‘three-peat’ – three consecutive America’s Cup wins.

Born in Sydney, Australia, the eldest of three children from a sailing family, he grew up on the waterfront at Elvina Bay on Pittwater, where the only access to home was via the water. He has been sailing since the age of 5.

When he’s not training the team, Spithill takes a keen interest in flying – he’s flown with the Blue Angels, the Red Bull Flying Bulls and holds his private pilot license. He is also an accomplished amateur boxer and has completed two Molokai to Oahu stand-up paddle crossings.

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