Neil grew up on the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast and was never too far from the sea. His racing career began at the age of 13, progressing through the youth classes and joining the British Sailing Team podium potential squad in the 49er class at age 18, sailing with his brother, Rory. They trained on their own every weekend for 18 months in Scotland while Hunter was studying for a degree in naval architecture at Glasgow University.
This determination and drive sums up Hunter’s approach to his sailing career that has seen him fast tracked through the America’s Cup world. Originally a trialist for the British youth America’s Cup team, which he won, he became the youngest sailor at the America’s Cup in 2017, when he was called up to the senior team.
Hunter’s parents are both sailors, his mother having competed in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race onboard the all-female “Maiden.”
In his spare time, Hunter is often descending the Scottish peaks on his mountain bike or going in search of big breeze and waves on his kite board.
“I’m super excited to be sailing in the inaugural SailGP season. The performance that the new supercharged F50s are delivering is next level, and when we put six of them on a course together there's going to be some fantastic racing. Hopefully we can do Great Britain proud and bring home the million-dollar prize.”