Meet the teamsAustralia SailGP Team
Australia’s crew blends winning pedigree and youthful talent.
Skippered by America’s Cup winning tactician Tom Slingsby, the Australia SailGP team is a fully national crew with young, yet experienced sailors. Slingsby himself is a gold medalist, while wing-trimmer Kyle Langford is a fellow America’s Cup winner and round the world race sailor. Ky Hurst and Sam Newton are all teammates of Slingsby from the last America’s Cup in Bermuda while Hurst is a celebrated Olympic swimmer, surf lifesaver and Ironman. They are joined by Olympian and former youth World Champion, Jason Waterhouse.
Tom Slingsby is an Olympic champion (Laser, 2012), America’s Cup champion (2013) and eight-time world champion. He was the 2010 World Sailor of the Year, then earned Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year honors and received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012. Shortly after the 2012 Olympics, he joined ORACLE TEAM USA as a strategist, helping mount one of the greatest comebacks in sports when the American team won the Cup in 2013. Slingsby then went on to win the 2016 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and, in 2017, he returned to ORACLE TEAM USA as a tactician and team manager at the America’s Cup in Bermuda.
Kyle LangfordWing trimmer
Kyle Langford joined SailGP fresh off a grueling Volvo Ocean Race campaign. It marked his first extended offshore sailing race, and he finished third with Team Brunel. Prior to that, Langford won the America’s Cup with ORACLE TEAM USA in 2013 and reprised his role for the 2017 campaign in Bermuda. He also competed in two Extreme Sailing Series – 2011 and 2014 – and won the 2010 RC44 World Championship.
Jason WaterhouseFlight controller
Jason Waterhouse is the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the Nacra 17. He is currently campaigning for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and won gold in the 2018 Olympic Test Event. In 2017, he sailed for SoftBank Team Japan for the 35 th America’s Cup in Bermuda. He is also a youth world champion (2009) and won silver at the 2015 World Championships.
Ky Hurst is one of the most accomplished athletes in Australian history. He has won an unprecedented 10 titles at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, four Australian Ironman titles and competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 10k swim. Hurst was recruited to join ORACLE TEAM USA for the 2017 America’s Cup based on his extraordinary athleticism.
Sam Newton is a six-time world champion in the high profile 18-foot skiff class. He sailed part of the last Volvo Ocean Race with teammate Kyle Langford on board Team Brunel and joined ORACLE TEAM USA for the 2013 and 2017 America’s Cups.