From a young age, Chris Draper has been involved in sailing, racing Optimist dinghies. At 12, he won the national title and began traveling internationally representing Great Britain on the world stage, going on to win the silver medal at the Youth World Championships. That was eventually followed by Olympic success, partnering with longtime teammate Simon Hiscocks to earn the world No. 1 ranking in the 49er class for five consecutive years, winning multiple world and European titles en route to a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.
A bit of a speed demon, Draper then moved on to faster boats. Winning the Extreme Sailing Series in 2009 raised his profile and saw him get signed up by Team Korea, followed by Luna Rossa Challenge and most recently with SoftBank Team Japan for the 35th America’s Cup as wing trimmer.
Draper will use his knowledge and experience from SailGP Season 1 as he continues to lead the Great Britain SailGP Team as CEO into Season 2.