Iain Percy has certainly earned his place as one of the most accomplished sailors in the America’s Cup. He has brought home two Olympic gold medals, in the Finn in 2000 and the Star in 2008, as well as an Olympic silver medal in the Star in 2012. A multiple world champion across a number of different classes, Iain joined Artemis Racing ahead of the 34th America’s Cup, bringing America’s Cup experience from his previous campaigns with +39 Challenge and Team Origin.
Heading into the 35th America’s Cup, Iain assumed the position of Team Manager, a role that seems to fit quite naturally. “The intellectual challenge of trying to solve all these problems collectively, as a unit, is fascinating”, said Percy.
Whilst being the boss onshore, Iain also has an important role to play out on the water supporting Skipper, Nathan Outteridge. “Ever since the start of the campaign I have had two roles – one as a tactician and grinder; and separately as a Team Manager. For the first couple of years I was concentrating more on the management of the team, working with the designers and the builders”, said Percy.
His impressive sailing background speaks for itself, but Percy knows he can’t rely on old merits. Sailing the ACC is very physically demanding and Artemis Racing are facing an extreme level of competition in Bermuda. Now is the time for him to focus on being a sailor again.
“I’ve got myself back in the gym and I’m almost back in shape keeping up with the young guys. I’ve started to think again about the tactics, starting, and decision making around the course, so that we can be the best sailing team on the water, as well as having a fast boat”.