Stuart Bithell started sailing at the age of 7 at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club in the North West of England, although the first of his sailing years were mostly spent upside down in the harbor.
Luckily, under the guidance of his father and inspired by his national championship-winning uncle, he managed to spend more time right-side up and competing in club racing competitions.
From there, Bithell was part of the established Royal Yachting Association youth and junior program, in which he progressed through the ranks competing in the Olympic 470 class, winning a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Post Olympics, a change of class and sailing partner saw Bithell team up with SailGP teammate Dylan Fletcher, and together they won gold at the 2017 World Championships in the high-speed 49er. Bithell is looking to go one better for Tokyo 2020 with his eye on the gold medal.
Bithell doesn’t spend much time off the water, but when he does, he’s found on the golf course or climbing.
“The F50s are the fastest boats ever to race on one racecourse across some of the coolest cities in the world. It’s going to be fast, short, close, eventful racing. The fact that there are six nations all going head to head is going to really fire us up and also interest in the championship. It’s the future of our sport and I'm honored to be a part of it from the very start."