Jimmy Spithill has signed as CEO and helm of the United States SailGP Team. Spithill will lead the American team vying for the $1 million prize when the league reboots its second season on April 24-25, 2021, in Bermuda.
Rome Kirby, the team’s original skipper, will shift to the flight controller position. The remainder of the US team roster will be announced in the coming months.
Spithill has spent the last two decades competing in the America’s Cup. He served as skipper of Oracle Team USA for more than 10 years, winning the Cup twice, including the dramatic come-from-behind victory in San Francisco in 2013, often called one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. Born in Australia, Jimmy lives in San Diego. He currently competes with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, a Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. The current edition is his seventh campaign for the Cup.
Spithill and Kirby were previously Oracle Team USA teammates for more than seven years — Kirby was also on board for the big win on the Cityfront in AC 34.