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James Spithill (AUS)

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Factfile

Name James Spithill
Nation Australia
Date of Birth 28 June 1979
Place of Birth Sydney, Australia
Class sailed America's Cup
Website Twitter @JSpithill Click here for a photo gallery

On the brink of defeat at the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco, USA James Spithill led his team to one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. ORACLE TEAM USA trailed Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1 in a first to nine quest for the Auld Mug, but even though ORACLE were down, they weren't out. Skipper James Spithill masterminded a comeback of epic proportions. Levelling the score at 8 apiece and in a winner take all final race, the Australian maintained his crew's focus right until the very end to take victory and with it, his second America's Cup win.

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Achievements between 1 September 2013 to 21 September 2014

Major achievements

1 - 34th America's Cup,Skipper and Helm
2 - Melges 32 US National Championship, Newport, USA - Aug 2014

Q&A

What inspired you to take up sailing?

I got a windsurf at age 4 and had to go to school by boat as there were no roads.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

Windsurfer, age 4

Name your first sailing club

Avalon Sailing Club

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

Avalon YC event in 1989 - aged 10 - Finished 1st

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

- Multiple World Champion in Fleet and Match Racing.
- 2 time Back to Back Americas Cup Wins as Skipper.
- 3rd Sydney to Hobart in 1998 and 99
- Multiple fleet and match racing Grade 1 victories.
- One of only a few people to have completed a clean sweep of no losses at a Grade 1 Match racing Championship

What are your future sailing goals?

Defend the America's Cup.

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

Russell Coutts, Larry Ellison and all my team mates, by giving opportunity and the burden of trust.

Who is your sailing hero?

Colin Beashel. Outside of sailing the group I look up to is the Navy SEALS.

What other sports do you enjoy?

Everything

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

It's an honor. It's great to see the sport growing with what we achieved last year. Kids are very excited about the sport now.
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