SIR BEN AINSLIE | DRIVER
Sir Ben Ainslie joined SailGP ahead of Season 2, replacing former skipper Dylan Fletcher as the team's Driver. He won his first event in Sydney in 2020, and continues to put in top-class performances as part of the Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team.
IAIN JENSEN | WING TRIMMER
Iain Jensen, known as ‘Goobs’, brings a significant amount of knowledge and experience to the British team, having competed in two Olympic Games (including winning a gold and silver medal) and in three America’s Cup campaigns. Goobs will be trimming the revolutionary wing sails aboard Great Britain’s F50.
LUKE PARKINSON | FLIGHT CONTROLLER
Luke ‘Parko’ Parkinson has competed in both the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, including winning the 2014/15 edition with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Parko will control the main system on the F50 which alters the rudders and foils. Parko competed with Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen for the Japan SailGP Team in Season 1 before joining Ben Ainslie’s British outfit.
NEIL HUNTER | GRINDER
Neil Hunter, who at 25 is the youngest member of the team, was the youngest sailor to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, where he was also part of the British team that won the Youth America’s Cup. He subsequently competed in the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland earlier this year. This will be his second consecutive season with the Great Britain SailGP Team.
NICK HUTTON | GRINDER
Nick Hutton joins the Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team for Season 3 as a Trimmer/Grinder, bringing a wealth of experience onboard SailGP's cutting-edge F50 catamaran. Nick spent Season 2 with the Australia SailGP Team, where he helped the team retain their SailGP title in the Grand Final in San Francisco.
MATT GOTREL | GRINDER
Matt Gotrel returned to sailing after winning an Olympic gold medal in rowing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He has since competed as a Grinder in SailGP since in the inaugural season and in the America’s Cup with the British Challenger in Auckland.
HANNAH MILLS | STRATEGIST
Hannah Mills is the most successful female sailor in Olympic history.
Mills first teamed up with 470 partner Saskia Clark in February 2011 and the pair saw immediate success on the water as a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships was followed by gold at the same event the following year.
HANNAH DIAMOND | STRATEGIST
Hannah grew up in Warsash, on the south coast of England, learning at sail at age 6 in optimists. Hannah’s first international competition was at age of 12, where she represented GB at the European and World Championships and won the Female Youth European Championships in the double handed 29er class. Hannah then quickly progressed to the single-handed Radial, making her first Senior Olympic class debut at age 19.
NIKKI BONIFACE | ATHLETE
Nikki was one of the female finalists for the Great Britain SailGP Team after the Women’s Pathway Program trails in Plymouth, 2021. After her retirement from Olympic sailing in January 2022, Nikki has stepped up to be involved full-time in the GBR Team for the upcoming Season 3 events.