Graeme Spence has long focused on a career in the America’s Cup, and now he’s based in Bermuda, training full-time with ORACLE TEAM USA.
Spence got his first taste of America’s Cup sailing in 2011 when he raced with China Team for three America’s Cup World Series events. He was back on an AC45 during the America’s Cup World Series Naples in 2013, joining his Red Bull Sailing teammates onboard the HS Racing entry. He previously competed with the Red Bull crew as bowman in the Extreme Sailing Series, where he was known as one of the most fit sailors in the series. He has also filled the role of bowman with different teams on the World Match Racing Tour, winning the tour title with GAC Pindar in 2014, as well as on the RC44 circuit.
Growing up in Perth, Australia, Spence understands the benefits of drawing from previous experiences. He tried out a variety of sports as a youngster – from riding horses to tee-ball. He played Australian rules football and elite level water polo. He began sailing at age 11, and later gained offshore experience prior to participating in his first match racing event at age 22.
Just as he tried out varioius sports, Spence’s parents also encouraged him to pursue different interests. The pattern has continued with side jobs from fisherman to furniture restoration. While studying business management at Edith Cowan University, he also played bass with a few rock bands, and continues to play when he can.