John Gimson

John Gimson

Date of birth:
11 March 1983
Star sign:
Pisces
Place of Birth:
Cheshire
Current Hometown:
Southampton
Race class:
Nacra 17

First boat sailed and where?

GP14, Readsmere Sailing Club

Who got you into sailing?

My Dad

Favourite boat?

Star

Biggest influence in your career to date?

My parents and my first regular crew, Rosemary Mycock

The worst moment in your sailing career?

Star Worlds 2010

The best moment in your sailing career?

Finishing 11th at the star Europeans in a 96 boat fleet

Best sailing venue in the UK?

Rudyard Lake

Best sailing venue in the World?

BVIs

Most annoying rule in the sailing rule book?

42

If you weren’t a professional sailor what else would you be?

A Top Gear presenter

How do you progress from a club sailor to an Olympic class sailor? 

Sailing has to be your biggest passion in life to start with.

What are your greatest passions outside of sailing?

Kitesurfing and windsurfing

Has injury ever prevented you from sailing?

No but it has made it bloody painful!

Most expensive sailing accident?

£30000 - Mumm 30 on a very windy day don’t ask!!!!

What other sports do you play?

Kitesurfing, Windsurfing

What would you love to do but never have the time or money for it?

I love what I do but if I had unlimited funds I would definitely invest in a private jet which could take a star inside as traveling is the worst thing about full time sailing by a mile.

Worst habit?

Not putting the tools back in the tool box….

Do you have any lucky charms or rituals?

Have to have a good filter coffee before we go out on the water

What’s your greatest fear or phobia?

Drowning and I am really scared of sick!

Favourite reality show and would you go on it?

Bad Girls, and yes I would go on it!

Name 3 things that are always in your shopping trolley?

Galaxy chocolate, smoothie and pancake ingredients

What was the last book you read?

So long ago I can't remember

What makes you angry?

Losing stuff

Dream holiday?

Sandy beach, 20 knots, 30 degrees and kitesurfing all day with my closest mates and chilling on the beach with a BBQ and a few beers in evening.

Date Event Class Position
Apr 17 Sailing World Cup Hyeres Nacra 17 6
Apr 17 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Nacra 17 2
Jan 17 Sailing World Cup Miami Nacra 17 4
Dec 16 Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne Nacra 17 3
Feb 16 Nacra 17 World Championship Nacra 17 16
Jan 16 Sailing World Cup Miami Nacra 17 13
Aug 15 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 (Rio 2016 Test Event) Nacra 17 11
Jul 15 Nacra 17 World Championship Nacra 17 10
Jun 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland Nacra 17 5
May 15 Garda Trentino Olympic Week Nacra 17 3
Apr 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Nacra 17 20
Apr 15 Princess Sofia Trophy Nacra 17 2
Jan 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Nacra 17 15
Jan 15 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Nacra 17 9
Sep 14 ISAF Sailing World Championships Nacra 17 8
Aug 14 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 (Rio 2016 Test Event) Nacra 17 3
Jul 14 Nacra 17 European Championships Nacra 17 6
Jun 14 Sail for Gold Regatta Nacra 17 2
May 14 Delta Lloyd Regatta Nacra 17 8
Apr 14 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Nacra 17 10
Mar 14 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca Nacra 17 13
Oct 13 Semaine Olympique Francaise Nacra 17 5
Sep 13 2013 ISAF Sailing World Championships Test Event Nacra 17 5
Aug 13 Nacra 17 European Championships Nacra 17 13
Jul 13 Nacra 17 World Championships Nacra 17 12
Jun 13 Sail for Gold Regatta Nacra 17 3
Apr 13 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Nacra 17 13
Mar 13 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma Nacra 17 8
Jun 12 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Star 18
May 12 Star World Championship Star 33
Apr 12 Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile Star 14
Mar 12 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE Star 20
Sep 11 Star European Championship Star 16
May 11 Delta Lloyd Regatta Star 19
Aug 10 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Star 27
Jun 10 Star European Championship Star 29
May 10 Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp Star 9
May 10 Delta Lloyd Regatta Star 8
Apr 10 Semaine Olympique Francaise Star 6
Jan 10 Star World Championship Star 41
Nov 09 Star South American Championship Star 11
Sep 09 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Star 11
Jul 09 Star European Championship Star 11
Jul 09 Star World Championship Star 29
Jun 09 Kieler Woche (Olympic Classes 19-24 June) Star 22
May 09 Expert Olympic Garda - Eurolymp Star 9
May 09 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship Star 14
May 09 Delta Lloyd Regatta Star 12
Apr 09 Semaine Olympique Francaise Star 2
Mar 09 Star Western Hemisphere Championship Star 8
Jan 09 US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR Star 13
Feb 08 Sail Auckland Tornado 16
Feb 08 Tornado World Championship Tornado 25
Jan 08 Tornado Asia Pacific Championships & Australian Championship Tornado 14
Jan 08 Sail Melbourne International Regatta Olympic & Invited Classes Tornado 16
Jun 07 ISAF Sailing World Championships Tornado 25
Mar 07 Tornado European Championship Tornado 24
Jan 07 Rolex Miami OCR Tornado 25
Jan 07 Tornado North American Championship & Rowland Smith Trophy Tornado 21
Jun 06 470 European Championships 470 (Men) 43
Apr 06 HRH Princess Sofia Trophy 470 (Men) 30
Apr 06 Semaine Olympique Française 470 (Men) 54
Dec 05 Imperia Winter Regatta 470 (Men) 1
Aug 05 470 World Championships 470 (Men) 36
Jun 05 470 European Championship 470 (Men) 44
May 05 Holland Regatta 470 (Men) 19
Apr 05 Semaine Olympique Francaise 470 (Men) 41
Sep 03 ISAF Sailing World Championships 470 (Men) 68
Jan 01 Nacra 17 6



Funding Partner

Official Partners

Official Suppliers

VIDEO

Latest Video and interviews View all

Latest Video and interviews

PHOTO GALLERY

Photos of the British Sailing Team View all

Photos of the British Sailing Team

LATEST NEWS

The latest news and updates from the British Sailing Team View all

The latest news from the British Sailing Team