Neil Hunter (GBR)

Grinder

Name

Birth Place

Isle of Arran, Scotland

Languages

Lives

Weymouth

QA

Who inspired you to start sailing?

My parents are both sailors and my mum was part of the crew on 'Maiden' who competed in the 1989/90 Whitnread Round the World race, so I think they really inspired me to start sailing. 

First boat?

Like a lot of people, my first boat was an optimist at a very young age. 

First sailing club?

Arran yacht Club

Childhood Hero?

Ben Ainslie was definitely one of my childhood heroes. 

When did you know you wanted sailing to be a career rather than a hobby?

I think when I decided to leave university to go sailing full time I'd committed to it being a career. From an early age I'd dreamed of it though.

What do you love most about sailing?

Winning

What has sailing taught you?

So much. Sailing taught me so many transferable skills, especially working as part of a team.

Favourite ever sailing race?

There was a couple of races at the 2014 49er Worlds inside the Harbour in Santander on a tiny race course with 50 boats and plenty of breeze. 

How do you know when you have good form? 

When everything just comes together effortlessly and you don't have to think about what you're doing next. 

How do you know when you're on the limit?

Not wanting to let anyone down you push when you're on the limit. 

Career highlight?

Being selected for the Land Rover BAR team is definitely my career highlght so far. 

If you weren't a sailor what would you be?

Probably an athlete in another sport, maybe a rower. 

Best advice? 

If you work hard enough you will achieve your goals.

What other sports do you play?

I'm into cycling and skiing in a fairly big way. 

How do you spend your time when not sailing? 

usually in the gym and spending time at home on the Isle of Arran. 

 

 

 

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PROFILE

Land Rover BAR Academy Skipper, Neil Hunter grew up on the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s
west coast so was never too far from the sea. His racing career began at the age of 13, firstly
in the RS Fevas, but quickly progressing into the International 420 youth class and Scottish
RYA’s 420 Squad and then onto the 29er class sailing with his younger brother, Rory.

At the age of 18, Neil and Rory got a 49er and they trained on their own every weekend for
18 months in Scotland between studying a degree in Naval Architecture at Glasgow
University.

The training paid off when they made a breakthrough at the 2014 ISAF World
Championships in Santander beating all the development squad and podium potentials at
the event. The Hunter brothers were then invited to join the British Sailing Team Podium
Potential Squad and they moved to Weymouth full time in November 2014 where they
went on to be 49er champions in 2014 and 2015.

At the launch of the Land Rover BAR Academy in early 2016, Neil was invited to sail with the
team at the first Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) event in Oman and has acted as Skipper for the
ESS this season.

So far in Hunter’s careers his biggest highlight is being asked by Land Rover BAR Sailing
Team Manager Jono Macbeth to join the senior team to train in Bermuda ahead of the 35th
America’s Cup World Series