Who inspired you to start sailing
My parents, they were both into sailing and we had a little folk boat so used to do family trips together.
My first boat was an Optimist, I sailed if from 5 – 8 but didn’t race. After the Oppie I crewed in the Cadet and started to race.
First sailing club
The Royal Dart, South Devon
F1’s Ayrton Senna
When did you know you wanted sailing to be a career rather than a hobby
Aged 12, my mum said what are you going to do when you’re older and I said get paid to go sailing.
What do you love most about sailing
I just love it all, being outdoors, the physical element and the challenge. I love the racing; everything is a race to me.
What has sailing taught you
Team work, communication and commitment. Plus it gives me a healthy active lifestyle.
Favourite ever sailing race
The race against Artemis, maybe race 2 or 3 of the 2013 Louis Vuittion Cup in San Francesco. The racing in San Fran was awesome.
How do you know when you have good form
When you’re prepared, you feel good and race well.
How do you keep going when you're on the limit
You just think that there’s another thousand people that want my job, so I need to go harder than everyone else.
The whole of the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2013. When you’re growing up and you just want to be good at it, when you see so many people enjoying the racing it makes you feel very humble.
If you weren't a sailor, what would you be
Motor-cross racing – something super fast and high adrealine.
One life, live it.
What other sports do you play now
Kitesurfing, skiing, mountain biking…
How do you spend your time when you are not sailing
Hanging out in the beautiful Devonshire countryside, but generally it’s all about the sports.
Do you support any particular charities
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
Favorite – quote
“If a person has no dreams, they no longer have any reason to live. Dreaming is necessary, although in the dream reality should be glimpsed. For me this is a principle of life.” Ayrton Senna
Devon-born Nick Hutton came up through the ranks of the RYA Youth programme, starting his racing career in the double-handed 420 class and made his America’s Cup debut in 2012. Hutton was bowman with the Italian entry, ‘Prada Luna Rossa Challenge’ alongside Land Rover BAR teammate, David Carr. The sailors enjoyed success together, winning the 2012/13 ACWS and finishing runners up in the Louis Vuitton Cup – the 30th anniversary of the event.
Nick brings a huge amount of multi-hull racing experience to the BAR team. He has competed in six Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) and was crowned the 2010 Champion, with The Wave, Muscat. In 2014 he was back competing on the ESS circuit, with J.P. Morgan BAR, as the team’s Headsail trimmer.
- 2016 - Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series
- 2012/ 13: Winner – ACWS with Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45
- 2013: Runner up – Louis Vuitton Cup with Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC72
- 2013: Winner – Alpari World Match Racing Tour, ‘Argo Group Gold Cup’, Bermuda
- Competed on six Extreme Sailing Series circuits, crowed 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Champion
- World and European Champion, Swan Championships
Student World Champion and two times British Champion