Dylan Fletcher’s route into sailing was more by chance and started at age 11, when he joined his best friend ‘for fun’ on a sailing course. A couple of years later he got involved in the sport more when his family moved to Market Harborough. He joined the Northampton Sailing Club and was introduced to racing, and by 13 had caught the bug for winning.
From then on, there was no looking back and a strong junior career in the 29er saw him graduate into the Olympic 49er class and attend his first Olympics in 2016, finishing sixth.
Left with unfinished business, he embarked on an Olympic campaign for Tokyo 2020 and went on to win a world title in 2017, sailing with fellow SailGP crew member Stuart Bithell. The pair will run their Olympic aspirations alongside their SailGP campaign.
If Fletcher needs inspiration for elite performance, he doesn’t need to look far from home – both his parents are graduates of the Royal Ballet School and have performed with the Royal Ballet Company.
Off the water, he enjoys photography and snowboarding.
“SailGP is redefining sailing in a way that has never been done before. To be racing supercharged 50ft flying yachts in some of the most spectacular sailing venues across the world is incredible. Then you add in five other boats and the nation-versus-nation element to really up the ante to deliver what will be a fantastic sporting event. To put the cherry on top there is a million-dollar prize on a winner-takes-all last race at the end of the season! It’s awesome to be involved at the start and see the future of this championship ahead.”