Meet the teamsGreat Britain SailGP Team
World champion and Olympian Dylan Fletcher leads this national team of top British sailors into battle.
The team will be managed by world class sailor Chris Draper, Bronze Olympic medalist with two America’s Cup cycles under his belt, most recently as Sailing Team Manager and Wing Trimmer with Softbank Team Japan for the 35th America’s Cup. Great Britain SailGP skipper and helmsman will be Dylan Fletcher, Rio 2016 Olympian, current 49er World Champion, and ranked no 1 in the 49er world rankings.
Dylan FletcherSkipper & Helmsman
Dylan Fletcher had a strong junior career, graduating from the 29er to the 49er, where his first Olympic campaign finished with a sixth-place result at Rio 2016. Back at it, he won a world title in 2017 to open his campaign for Tokyo 2020. If Fletcher needs inspiration for elite performance, he doesn’t need to look far from home – both his parents are graduates of the Royal Ballet School and have performed with the Royal Ballet Company.
Chris DraperCEO & Wing Trimmer
Chris Draper holds multiple world and European championship titles, as well as the bronze medal from the 2004 Olympic Games in the 49er class. He has led his team to wins on the Extreme Sailing Series and was one of the first dinghy sailors recruited to crossover to the America’s Cup after the switch to multihulls. First as a helmsman with Team Korea and then Italy’s Prada campaign in 2013, he went on to be the tactician/wing trimmer with SoftBank Team Japan for the 2017 America’s Cup.
Stuart BithellPilot & Tactician
Stuart Bithell won the silver medal in the 470 class at the 2012 Olympic Games in London before switching to the 49er class, in which he now sails with Dylan Fletcher. The pair won the 2017 world title as they look for selection to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Richard Mason grew up sailing in the 49er, 470 and F18 catamaran and now has a broad range of experience, including short-handed offshore racing in the gruelling Solitaire du Figaro race. He’s also won the Extreme Sailing Series and on the GC32 multihull circuit.
Matt Gotrel is in the unusual position of having competed at the highest level in two sports. Initially a member of the British Sailing Team campaigning for the Olympics, he left sailing and took up rowing, in which he is a two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist in the men’s eight.