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.
Newton’s love of the ocean was sparked by growing up near Sydney Harbour, knowing from an early age that he wanted to become a sailor.
From 2008 to 2015, Newton had an unmatched run of success in the 18-foot Skiff class, winning six world titles. He then shifted to the Sydney-Hobart Race where he took first place aboard the “Wild Oats IX” and the “TP52 Quest.”
Newton joined ORACLE TEAM USA in 2011 and was a part of the crew that won the 34th America’s Cup in 2013. He remained with the team through the 2017 edition of the competition alongside several of his Australia SailGP teammates.
Eventually, his focus shifted to offshore competitions and joined Team Brunel for Leg 4 from Melbourne to Hong Kong, alongside Kyle Langford, in the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race, where the boat finished in third place.
Newton and his wife, Elizabeth, stay busy by caring for their young daughter. When he’s not competing, he runs a successful boat management and rigging business. Given his competitive nature, Newton also enjoys racing rally cars around Australia with his father.