Grant Simmer brings to ORACLE TEAM USA the pedigree of three America’s Cup victories in a career that spans four decades.
Simmer was a 26-year-old navigator for the historic challenger Australia II, which wrested the America’s Cup away from the New York Yacht Club in 1983 and ended the longest winning streak in the history of sport (132 years).
Simmer has been part of eight America’s Cup campaigns through the years in a variety of roles. In 2000, after 17 years as co-owner of North Sails Australia, Grant took up a new position as Design Coordinator for the Swiss America’s Cup Challenger, Alinghi. Following a win against Team New Zealand in 2003, Grant assumed the position of Co-Managing Director and Coordinator of the Alinghi Design Team working towards a second win in 2007.
Simmer’s role in ORACLE TEAM USA gives him day-to-day operational responsibility for the American team that will defend the America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013.
“Having won the America’s Cup with and without Russell Coutts, and then having been beaten by his team in 2010, I think we have healthy respect of each other’s abilities and what it is required to win,” said Simmer.
- Joins ORACLE TEAM USA
- 33rd America’s Cup, Alinghi, runner-up
- 33rd America’s Cup, Alinghi, Defender
- 32nd America’s Cup, Alinghi, winner
- 31st America’s Cup, Alinghi, winner
- Louis Vuitton Cup, America True
- Louis Vuitton Cup, oneAustralia, Design Coordinator, Finalist
- Louis Vuitton Cup, Spirit of Australia, Mainsheet trimmer and sail coordinator
- 27th America’s Cup Defense Trials, Australia IV, Navigator, Finalist
- 26th America’s Cup, Australia II, Navigator, winner