Iain Percy

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Iain Percy
Personal information
Full name Iain Bryden Percy
Born (1976-03-21) 21 March 1976 (age 42)
Southampton, United Kingdom
Country  Great Britain
Sport Men's sailing
Club Hayling Island Sailing Club

Iain Bryden Percy OBE (born 21 March 1976) is an English sailor and double Olympic champion for Great Britain.


Percy competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he won a gold medal in the Finn class.[1] He memorably received his gold medal at a ceremony on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

He competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and finished 6th in the double-handed Star class with Steve Mitchell. The same team received a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships and a gold medal at the 2005 European Championships.[2]

Percy won World Bronze in the Star Class with Andrew Simpson in 2007 and European Championship Gold in 2009.[3] The duo have won Gold in the same class of boat at the 2010 World Championships which took place in Brazil. With previous partner, Steve Mitchell, Percy won the 2002 Star World Championships in Los Angeles, and medalled in the next 3 world championships, winning the Bronze medal in each of them.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing he again won a gold medal, this time in the Star class, teaming up with Andrew Simpson.[4] At the 2012 Olympics in London he and Andrew Simpson won the silver medal, after a tight race against Swedish duo Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen. Percy is a member of Hayling Island Sailing Club and sails there regularly.

America's Cup[edit]

In 2005, Iain decided to take a break from full-time Olympic Class sailing and join America’s Cup challenger +39 Challenge as helmsman. Due to limited funding, +39 only managed ninth place in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Iain then joined Great Britain’s TEAMORIGIN competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas (Nice, Auckland, La Maddalena) and on the TP52 circuit, prior to stepping onboard Artemis Racing for the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Dubai.

Percy has been with Artemis Racing since then and was Sailing Team Director for the Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup.


Percy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2005, as a recognition of his Olympic gold medal.[2] He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[5]


  1. ^ Profile: "Iain Percy" Archived 10 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.– databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved 31 December 2007)
  2. ^ a b "Iain Percy MBE"British Olympic Association (Retrieved 21 March 2008)
  3. ^ "Iain Percy Sailing Greats"olympics30.com (Retrieved 11 Feb 2012)
  4. ^ "GB sailors take Star gold medal". BBC. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 11.