Joey Newton has come a long way from youth sailing in Australia in Sabots, 420s and Lasers. He’s now part of his sixth America’s Cup campaign, his third with ORACLE TEAM USA.
Newton and skipper Jimmy Spithill met while racing against each other as teenagers. When Spithill needed crew for a regatta in Italy, he called Newton, and the two have moved in lockstep since.
Newton got an early start with Syd Fischer's Young Australia team for the 1999-2000 America’s Cup in Auckland, and he has never left the scene, moving along with Spithill through the OneWorld Challenge (2002-03) and Luna Rossa Challenge (2004-07) campaigns. As a trimming assistant aboard the trimaran USA 17, he won the America’s Cup in his fourth attempt in 2010. He hoisted the Auld Mug for a second time with ORACLE TEAM USA in San Francisco in 2013.
Away from the Cup, Newton won the Fastnet Race and Round Island Race aboard the maxi yacht Stealth in 2001. With Spithill, they also won the 2005 Match Racing World Championship and the Bermuda Gold Cup, and in 2010, the duo captured the RC44 World Championship.
For Newton, spending his career training and racing doesn’t feel like work. He says it’s easy to stay motivated and misses sailing when he’s not on the water.