Sam Newton joined ORACLE TEAM USA in 2011 and is back for his second campaign with the team after winning the 34th America’s Cup.
Top of the podium has become familiar territory for Newton. He is a six-time winner the JJ Giltinan Trophy – regarded as the world's premier 18-Foot Skiff championship – most recently as the forward hand on Gotta Love It 7. He has also won both line honours and overall honours in the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race on the maxi Wild Oats IX and TP52 Quest.
Newton grew up sailing on Sydney Harbour, racing in a variety of class boats. He gained experience as a bowman and crewed everything from high-performance dinghies to grand prix yachts. Between Cup campaigns he also spent time racing in the Extreme Sailing Series.
In 2003, Newton started his own rigging business in Sydney, and outside of sailing he enjoys racing cars. Along with his father, Greg, he competed in an endurance car rally from London to Cape Town. The event is not designed as a tour but as a “press on” driver’s challenge with time trials and a schedule to be maintained every day. After one month, crossing three continents and 14 countries, they placed second in their division of classic cars and third overall in the class.