Born in Taree, Australia, British/Australian sailor Jackson “Jack” Bouttell is one of the most in-demand professional sailors racing in the world. In his solo career Jack has completed four Solitaire du Figaro campaigns including finishing 1st Rookie on his debut in 2013 – the first British sailor to do so.
He joined Dongfeng Race Team midway through the 2014-15 edition of The Volvo Ocean Race, racing onboard for Leg 3 from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China – with the team winning into their home waters.
In 2016 Jack joined the crew of the mighty trimaran Spindrift 2, the largest racing trimaran in the world at 40m, and won the Québec–Saint-Malo, setting a new race record. He then joined the Dongfeng race team and raced in the 2016 Sydney Hobart with Charles Caudrelier, claiming 3rd overall. Jack then raced with Dongfeng Race Team again for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, this time resulting in the team claiming victory in the world longest offshore race.
In 2018 and 2019 and Jack returned to the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 for his two attempts at the Trophée Jules-Verne, before completing his fourth Solitaire du Figaro campaign in 2020. In the same year, he was also part of the Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team’s winning crew in two regattas on board the Racing For The Planet VO65.
Date of birth
18 January 1991
Sailing career highlights
Winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
10th Solitaire du Figaro (2015)
1st Rookie Solitaire du Figaro (2013)
What was your first sailing memory?
In 2003, in school back in Australia with a Laser Pico - causing carnage!
Who inspires you?
My wife…. She didn’t make me say that :)
What is your favourite quote?
“Life is not a rehearsal.”
What is your favourite food?
My absolute favourite meal is Thai green curry.
What was your childhood sailing dream?
It is said that when you round Cape Horn by sail that you have the ability to pee into the wind. This stirred many years of curiosity and was something I felt I had to achieve in order to put the question to the test… It doesn’t work...
What items do you always take with you when you go sailing?
My wedding ring.
What hobbies do you have when not sailing?
Spending time with my family, my son and maybe going for a cheeky surf.
Give us an example of a sustainable attitude to life - what do you do for a better world?
As a family, we buy locally to avoid transport. I am now a vegetarian and we try as much as possible to avoid products that are wrapped in plastic.
What advice would you give to young sailors to protect the planet?
Live your life thinking about the circular economy.