Kinley served as grinder and flight controller for the Australia SailGP Team in Season 1 who clinched the inaugural championship and US$1 million prize with a thrilling match race victory over the Japanese crew in Marseille. The Aussies founds themselves at the front of the pack throughout five events, winning the events in Sydney, San Francisco, Marseille and Cowes, where they became the first team to eclipse the 50 knot speed barrier in a race competition.
Fowler and the entire crew return for Season 2 when they’ll look to repeat as SailGP champions, beginning with the first event of the campaign in Bermuda.
Kinley’s younger years were often spent sailing with his dad on a small 24ft keelboat called an Endeavour24. After developing a love and natural ability for sailing he joined the youth match racing squad at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. It was here that Fowler competed on the East Coast of Australia and in New Zealand, winning his very first international event at the young age of fifteen.
Kinley has been racing at national and international levels since he was a teenager. He moved into the World Match Racing Tour in 2007, where he won a number of events and quickly gained the world number 1 ranking. With the goal of competing in the America’s Cup, Fowler shifted his focus to catamarans, competing in the Extreme Sailing Series as a trimmer/tactician for Sir Ben Ainslie onboard Oman Air, before getting the opportunity to join ORACLE TEAM USA in 2011. He competed onboard ORACLE TEAM USA, who were crowned the winners of the 34th America's Cup, as a jibe trimmer. He reprised his role for the 2017 campaign in Bermuda, where he sailed alongside several of his Australia SailGP teammates.
Along with SailGP, Fowler competed in a variety of competitions in a number of classes including Maxi 72, Extreme Sailing Series, Rolex Sydney to Hobart, Etchells, M32, TP52, and the Moth class.
When he’s not racing, Fowler can be found spending time with his young family.