Jimmy Spithill

America's Cup Champion Skipper

BIO

James “Jimmy” Spithill is an Australian yachtsman with an impressive array of victories under his belt. Born in Sydney, the eldest of three children from a sailing family, he grew up on the waterfront and has been sailing since the age of 5. 

In 1998, Jimmy took first in the Kenwood Cup, and over the next two decades he has continued to rack up the first-place finishes. In 2000, he was the youngest helmsman in the America’s Cup, and in 2010 became the youngest skipper to win the Cup.  During the 2013 America's Cup, Jimmy led his team to what has been called the greatest comeback in international sport. His Oracle Team USA was down 8-1, before rallying for eight consecutive wins to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8. His goal now is to lead the team to a three-peat.

When he’s not training, Jimmy takes a keen interest in flying (he’s flown with the Blue Angels, the Red Bull Flying Bulls, and holds his Private Pilots Licence). He is also an accomplished amateur boxer and has done two Molokai to Oahu SUP crossings.

Career Highlights

2010 America’s Cup Champion

2013 America’s Cup Champion

Youngest skipper to have won the America’s Cup

2nd Place, America’s Cup World Series 2016

WHAT IS YOUR MORE?

The Navy SEAL Foundation

When asked about the motivation his team has to find within themselves to pull off these victories, Jimmy responded: “We’re not going to leave anything in the tank.” His life philosophy is that the harder you work, the luckier you get.  With this work ethic, it is no surprise that Jimmy supports the The Navy SEAL Foundation to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.

Established in 2000 to serve U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare support personnel and their families, the Navy SEAL Foundation’s programs are focused on the preservation of the Naval Special Warfare force and their families. We provide a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, loss and transition.