Giles Scott

Height197 cm / 6’5”Home CountryGreat Britain
Weight91 kg / 200 lbsHometownHuntingdon, United Kingdom

Career Highlights

  • 2016: Rio Olympic Games: Gold Medal
  • 2020: Tokyo Olympic Games: Gold Medal
  • 2013: 34th America's Cup campaign
  • 2017: 35th American's Cup campaign

Giles Scott joined Emirates Great Britain midway through Season 4, replacing Sir Ben Ainslie as driver ahead of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Sail Grand Prix presented by Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

Scott was born in 1987 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire UK and started sailing at a young age. He had a successful youth sailing career, winning the RYA Youth Championships and Trials in 2005 in the Laser Standard, followed by a gold medal at the ISAF World Youth Championships.

In 2006, Scott started sailing the Finn Olympic single-handed dinghy. He instantly took to the boat and in his first year finished 14th at the World Championships. Scott progressed up the ranks, winning the 2011 Finn European and World Championships, and pushing Ben Ainslie all the way in selection trials for the Team GBR spot at the London 2012 Olympics.

He then moved into the America’s Cup circuit first on board with Team Korea which led to joining the Italian Challenger, Prada Luna Rossa for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

Back in the Finn, during the 2014 season Scott was head and shoulders above the rest of fleet, picking up seven consecutive regatta victories. He looked untouchable in his build-up to the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds and delivered with an exemplary performance to comfortably win his second Finn world title. Scott went on to achieve his Olympic dream by dominating the Finn Class at 2016 Rio Olympics and bringing gold back to Britain.

Straight after the 2016 games, Scott returned to the America’s Cup re-joining Ben Ainslie’s British Challenger to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. He continued with the British America’s Cup Team, INEOS Britannia during the 36th Campaign as well, while he continued training for the Olympics.

Scott continued his Olympic success at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics, where he won gold in the Finn class, bringing home another gold medal.

Scott retired from Olympic sailing in early 2022, and is on his third consecutive America’s Cup Campaign with the British Challenger, hoping to bring the Cup back to Britain.