Chris Draper

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Chris Draper
Personal information
Born (1978-03-20) 20 March 1978 (age 40)[1]
Sheffield, Yorkshire[1]

Chris Draper is a British sailor who has won multiple World and European championships and a bronze medal at the Sailing at the 2004 Olympic competing in the mixed 49er.[2][3]

He has been a winner of the Extreme Sailing Series and was helmsman for Luna Rossa, Italy's Americas cup challenger 2011 to 2015. In the 34th Americas cup he became the first Britain to helm in the Louis Vuitton cup final. For the ACWS & 35th Americas Cup between 2015 and the Cup event in Bermuda in June 2017 he held the position of Sailing Team Manager / Tactician and Wing trimmer for Softbank Team Japan.

His current home town is Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, UK.[1] He is married, with two children. He started sailing aged 7 in an Optimist and describes his father and Jim Saltonstall (former RYA Youth Program Leader and Coach) as the key to his current career.[1] Other interests outside of sailing include Surfing and Mountain biking.[1]

Sailing career[4][edit]


Tactician and Wing trimmer on Softbank Team Japan America's Cup catamaran for 35th AC in Bermuda. In semi final for Challenger selection.


ACWS Softbank Team Japan


Helm for Luna Rossa until team withdrew from 35th Americas Cup Joined Softbank Team Japan as Sailing Team Manager, Tactician and Wing Trimmer for ACWS


Helm for Luna Rossa


  • Americas cup, on Luna Rossa 72' AC Catamaran. Louis Vuitton Cup finalist, Helmsman
  • 2nd Overall Americas Cup World Series 2012 - 2013


He won, on Luna Rossa Piranha, the first ACWS fleet racing event in Naples. 2nd Place ACWS match racing in Venice. Winner ACWS Fleet racing and 3rd place match racing ACWS Newport. Second Place ACWS fleet racing San Francisco.


He was a member of the Team Korea America Cup challenge helming all the events in the AC45 World Series in 2011 before leaving the team. The team were in a highly creditable 4th place at the time.


  • 49er World Championships - 6th
  • 49er European Championships – 1st Gold Medal
  • Princess Sophia Trophy – 2nd Silver medal 49er





  • 49er World Championships – 1st Gold Medal
  • 49er Olympic test event – 1st Gold Medal
  • Mumm 30 World Championship - 3rd
  • Mumm 30 Spi Ouest - 1st


  • Olympic Regatta, Athens – Bronze Medal 49er
  • 49er European Championship – 1st Gold Medal
  • 49er World Championship – 2nd Silver Medal


  • ISAF Sailing World Championships – 1st Gold Medal 49er
  • 49er European Championship – 2nd Silver Medal
  • Kiel Week Regatta, Germany – 1st Gold Medal 49er
  • SPA Olympic Class Regatta, Holland – 1st Gold Medal 49er
  • Olympic Class Week, Barcelona – 1st Gold Medal 49er
  • Cadiz Test Event – 2nd Silver Medal 49er


  • Olympic Test Event 2002 – 3rd Bronze Medal 49er
  • 49er European Championship – 2nd Silver Medal
  • 49er World Championship – 2nd Silver Medal



  1. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-01-05.

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