Tim Morishima started SailGP Season 1 as a member of the Japanese shore team in Sydney. Following a successful trial, he joined the crew full-time, making his debut in the global championship at San Francisco SailGP.
He was voted as “most improved team member” during the inaugural campaign and steps off the bench into the starting lineup as grinder/jib trimmer for Season 2.
Born in Australia and educated at primary school in Osaka, Japan, Time Morishima began sailing when he was aged 6 with his father. However, he didn’t start taking it seriously until he sailed in the Australian 18 Footers League at the age of 18.
Part of the reason he wasn’t a dedicated sailor from the onset was because his second passion, rowing. He dominated state championships for five years and was crowned Australian national schoolboy champion in 2013.
He first started sailing in the Laser, eventually moving into Moth, Flying Phanton and G32, and has also experience training on the AC45F.
Morishima’s first taste of foiling catamarans came when he was invited to trial for the Japanese team competing in the 35th America’s Cup, SoftBank Team Japan.
He represented Japan on the GC32 Racing Tour for Mamma Aiuto Sailing Team, and then later as a member of Kaijin Team Japan, the Japanese Youth America’s Cup team in 2017.
When he’s not on the water, Morishima can be found on the football pitch or in the gym.