|Weight||87 kg||Hometown||Perth, Australia|
Accustomed to sailing boats that require absolute physical and mental concentration, Sam Newton was the perfect fit as grinder for the Australia SailGP Team in its championship-winning campaign in Season 1. Relying on upper body strength, he was responsible for trimming the sails to the optimum settings that led to the Australians eclipsing the 50-knot speed barrier at the Cowes event and near the top of the standings at every SailGP event.
Having competed alongside the majority of the Australian SailGP Team in the America’s Cup and other competitions, Newton and the crew will have a strong sense of familiarity as it looks to repeat in Season 2.
Fowler’s sailing career began at the age of nine, however it wasn’t something that came naturally – or easily – for him. Because he couldn’t understand how the wind worked nor why boats were moving in certain ways, Fowler hated everything about the sport. Eventually, once he started to get a solid understanding, sailing excited him and he quickly climbed the ranks among his local squad of high school sailors and at the Royal Perth Yacht Club.
After several years of success in the sailing arena, he found his way into professional sailing as a volunteer shore crew member with ORACLE TEAM USA. His hard work paid off and he eventually earned himself a spot on the sailing team, going on to win the 34th America’s Cup. More than just winning one of the sport’s top events, Fowler forever cherishes the time he spent with sailing legends during his time with ORACLE, absorbing as much knowledge as he could to help propel his career in future competitions. He rejoined the team for the 2017 edition of the America’s Cup in Bermuda.
His racing resume is extensive, experiencing success in the Laser class, a podium finish in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and having competed in the 2019 M32 World Championship.
When he’s not racing, Fowler can be found hiking and camping in his Airstream.