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 teammates Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, instead of racing against them in the 49er, something he is continuing with SailGP.
During his first Volvo 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 loves skateboarding and you'll usually see him with his longboard in hand.
“The speed you get from sailing on foils is addictive, it’s fast, twitchy and you can’t hide your mistakes.”