David ‘Freddie’ Carr (GBR)

Grinder/bow

Name

David Carr

Birth Place

Cowes, Isle of Wight

Languages

English

Lives

Hampshire

QA

Who inspired you to start sailing?
I got into sailing through my family, mainly through my father [former Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association, Rod Carr]. I loved capsizing and splashing around more than keeping the boat upright and sailing!
First boat?
An electric blue Oppie called ‘Happy Days’ as I loved Fonzy.
First sailing club?
Spinnaker Yacht Club in the winter and Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) in the summer.
Childhood hero?
Tony Adams, 670 games and 10 major trophies; ‘Mr. Arsenal’.
When did you know you wanted sailing to be a career rather than a hobby?
Still feels like my hobby just happen to get a few quid for it.
What do you love most about sailing?
Working with your mates every day and winning stuff.
What has sailing taught you?
It has taught me everything I know. I can’t think of a major life lesson that doesn’t relate to my sailing life.
Favourite ever sailing race?
The hype and excitement that surrounds the America’s Cup is class, but I love Federation Week at HISC.
How do you know when you have good form?
When you are thinking ahead of the brains at the back of the boat and are a couple of steps ahead going into all race situations. When Nicko (Hutton) and I do races at the front on a boat and we don’t say a word we are so in tune.
How do you keep going when you're on the limit?
You know the more watts you put through the pumps the faster the boat will go.
Career highlight?
Loved every one of my Louis Vuitton Cup races over the years. Happy to be the current ACWS Champ. Winning the 2009 Extreme Sailing Series with such a close group of mates.
If you weren't a sailor, what would you be?
A box-to-box midfielder for Arsenal Football Club.
Best advice?
Think practice and training is hard?
Try losing.
What other sports do you play now?
I cycle, swim and run a lot. I also spend a bit too much time on the grinder (how sad!).
How do you spend your time when you are not sailing?
I spend a lot of time watching sports. I will watch anything sporty on TV.
Do you support any particular charities?
I have run two London Marathons for Cancer Research UK as my family has been greatly affected by cancer. I am for sure going to be putting in some sporting efforts for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation very soon. I am also an ambassador for the 1851 Trust, Official Charity of Land Rover BAR.
Favourite quote?
'I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.' - Ron Burgundy

Insight: Read more about David 'Freddie' Carr 

David Carr

PROFILE

During his racing career, David ‘Freddie’ Carr has campaigned for three America’s Cups; in 2003 with ‘GBR Challenge’, alongside Land Rover BAR teammate Matt Cornwall, in 2007 with ‘Victory Challenge’ and most recently as a grinder on-board 34th America’s Cup Italian entry, ‘Prada Luna Rossa Challenge’ with BAR team mate, Nick Hutton.

During his America’s Cup (AC) career, David has racked up an impressive eight podium finishes from 12 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events, including three event wins in the 2012/13 ACWS circuit and finished as runner up in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) – the 30th anniversary of the event.

He has a multi-hull racing background, having competed in five Extreme Sailing Series and was crowned the 2009 Extreme Sailing Series Champion with Oman Sail. Another BAR sailor who came up through the ranks of the RYA Youth Programme, he was inspired by his sailing father, former RYA Director, Rod Carr.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2016 - Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series 
    2013: Runner up – Louis Vuitton Cup, Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC72
    2012/13: Winner – ACWS Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45
    2009: Extreme Sailing Series Champion, Oman Air
    2007: 5th – Louis Vuitton Cup, with Victory Challenge
    2003: 7th – Louis Vuitton Cup, GBR Challenge
    TP 52 World Champion and Farr 40 European Champion,
    Youth & Student World Match Racing Champion
    2008/ 09: Volvo Ocean Race with Green Dragon – In-port Grinder