"Luke Parkinson, nicknamed ‘Parko’, began sailing in a mirror dinghy aged 5 in Perth, Western Australia. He has since gone on to compete in the Youth America’s Cup, the America’s Cup and two consecutive around the world ocean races. Part of a talented sailing family, his sister won gold at the Beijing Olympics.
In the build-up to London 2012 he campaigned in the Olympic 49er class. His first taste of America's Cup racing came in the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. This naturally led to his first America’s Cup campaign in Bermuda 2017, with Artemis Racing. This time he joined teammate Iain Jensen, instead of racing against him in the 49er, something he continued into SailGP Season 1 with the Japan SailGP Team and now with the British SailGP Team for Season 2.
During his first around the world Ocean Race, Parkinson was one of only two under-30’s onboard and after ten months of intense racing with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, was victorious in the race at his first attempt. He returned to the ocean race for the 2017/18 edition, sailing with Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.
Parkinson now sails with INEOS TEAM UK on the British challenger for the 36th America’s Cup."