Some say that you’ve got to make your own luck in the game of sailing.
Kinley Fowler had a chance to test that theory in the summer of 2012. After a season of racing the Extreme Sailing Series in 2011, alongside then-ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Ben Ainslie, Fowler was looking for a new challenge.
Setting his sights on the America’s Cup World Series in Venice, Fowler flew himself to Italy to lend a hand to the ORACLE TEAM USA shore team.
The Venice trip provided a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making a syndicate operate. Even better, it gave the team a chance to get to know Fowler. ORACLE TEAM USA asked him to return for the next World Series regatta in Newport, and he was soon on to San Francisco where he became a member of the sailing team.
By that point, Fowler had proved his valuable experience in one-design fleet racing and the Match Racing World Championships made him a strong fit for the role of headsail trimmer aboard the Defender boat.
During training in the weeks leading up to the match, he suffered an injury that would keep him off the race boat. He didn’t, however, let that discourage him. Team members have credited Fowler’s daily ‘motivational speeches’ for keeping the mood light on the team as it battled back to beat Emirates Team New Zealand.
Between Cup campaigns, Fowler returned to the Extreme Sailing Series, racing during the 2014 season with The Wave, Muscat.
Fowler was on the race crew for the Louis Vuittion America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth in 2015, and he is a key member of the sailing team as ORACLE looks for a third consecutive America's Cup win.