Rich Mason is a highly experienced professional sailor who has competed in various catamaran classes including the M32 Series, GC32 Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series. His biggest achievement to date, however, was on one hull when he completed the gruelling, single-handed Solitaire du Figaro race. This will be his second consecutive season with the Great Britain SailGP Team.
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.