The six teams for the inaugural SailGP season feature some of the best young talent in the sport, with more than a few accomplished veterans sprinkled across the crew lists as well. With a strong nationality component to the circuit, many of the sailing teams are 100% national and feature Olympic stars, match race tour champions and America’s Cup winners. SailGP is a best-on-best competition and the talent pool reflects that ethos. Talented, athletic and hyper-competitive, the sailors comprise some of the top athletes in our sport. And each will be pushed to their limits and beyond as they seek glory on the top circuit in sailing.
Great Britain SailGP TeamSkipper: Dylan FletcherMeet the team
World champion and Olympian Dylan Fletcher leads this national team of top British sailors into battle.
United States SailGP TeamSkipper: Rome KirbyMeet the team
Rome Kirby is the skipper of this all-American team that sees a coming together of top young talent.
Australia SailGP TeamSkipper: Tom SlingsbyMeet the team
Skippered by America’s Cup winning tactician Tom Slingsby, Team Australia’s crew blends winning pedigree and youthful talent.
France SailGP TeamSkipper: Billy BessonMeet the team
Decorated French national team headed by Billy Besson also features Marie Riou, SailGP’s first female sailor.
China SailGP TeamSkipper: Phil RobertsonMeet the Team
The Chinese team boasts some of the country’s most accomplished sailors in Jinhao ‘Horace’ Chen, Liu ‘Black’ Xue and Liu ‘Leo’ Ming, who are fresh from winning the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.
Japan SailGP TeamSkipper: Nathan OutteridgeMeet the team
Nathan Outteridge leads Japan SailGP Team loaded with Olympic and America’s Cup experience.