Neil Hunter returns to the revamped Great Britain SailGP Team in Season after serving as grinder in the inaugural campaign. That experience, combined with his time spent competing alongside new skipper Sir Ben Ainslie, will be invaluable as the crew looks to improve upon its final season finish last season.
As the Great Britain SailGP Team welcomes new crew members – in addition to INEOS – it is hard to understand how valuable Mason will be as grinder and boat captain in Season 2 after his time in the global championship last season. As the squad has high aspirations for the upcoming campaign, his insights around the supercharged F50 and navigating at the iconic racecourses will be critical as the team has its sights set on the podium in 2020.
Mason grew up around sailing as his father competed in the America’s Cup, world championships and Volvo Ocean Race, among other high-profile competitions, laying the foundation for the pathway he would pursue in his career. Inspired by his father, Mason started sailing from the age of 4 in a variety of boats that got faster as he got older.
He progressed from one hull to two, competing in the M32 Series and eventally the Extreme Sailing Series, which he won in 2017 as a member of the SAP Extreme Sailing Team, which was skippered by new Denmark SailGP athlete Rasmus Køstner.
One of the hardest things that Mason has done in his career is compete in the grueling, single-handed Solitaire du Figaro race, racing the length of the French coast and spending 13 days at sea on his own.