Date of birth: 18/01/1991
Jack Bouttell was born just outside Sydney, Australia where he spent the early years of his life before moving north to the Gold Coast. With Jack’s father Matt being a keen Skiff sailor and a shipwright, it wasn’t long before he was out on the water himself. Despite having developed a passion for all sports early on in life, it wasn’t until the age of 13 that Jack began racing competitively and from there his interest and involvement in sailing spiralled. Progressing through Lasers and 29ers until his first boat, an MG14. Jack’s only real sailing aspirations at the time were to sail an 18ft skiff on Sydney Harbour – about as far from a Vendée Globe as you can get.
At the age of 14 Jack moved with his family from Australia to Oxford, England. The other side of the world and as far away from the sea that he had ever been, Jack took to the local library, pouring over the stories of British offshore legends such as Dame Ellen MacArthur, Pete Goss and various other books about round the world sailing. Engrossed by their stories and inspired by the challenge, the seeds of a solo round the world dream were planted and Jack turned his attention to offshore sailing.
Two years later the Bouttell’s decided to the move back to Australia and at 17 years old, Jack made the life altering choice to stay on in the UK alone and keep chasing his dream of racing around the world. Living out of a bag since then, Jack used the opportunity to gain as much experience as he could, sailing and working on everything from Skiffs through to IMOCA 60’s and Volvo 70’s all over the world, travelling to around 15 different countries per year and making his round the world dream ever more a reality.
In 2012 Jack applied for the Artemis Offshore Academy were later that year he was selected to join the 2013 Academy full-time Figaro squad. One of the most competitive and dynamic racing circuits in the world, the Classe Figaro is considered a stepping stone into the Vendée Globe, with many of it’s competitors having come from this one-design class. The year 2013 became a baptism of fire for Jack, sailing the 33ft Figaro for the first time solo in January, before taking to the circuit to race against some of the world’s finest solo offshore sailors, including Michel Desjoyeaux, Armel Le Cleach and Yann Elies. In June 2013, during his first Solitaire du Figaro, Jack became the first British skipper to have ever topped the prestigious Bizuth podium.
Since competing in his first Figaro season Jack has been gaining more experience year on year. In 2015 he completed his third Solitaire du Figaro finishing in 10th place overall, one of the highest placed non French skipper ever and was the first non French skipper in History to win the Radio France prize for leading the fleet out of the first leg’s turning mark. In 2014/15 Jack joined Dongfeng Race team for the Volvo Ocean Race, he started out as a shore crew but was able to show what he could do onboard during a delivery and was then asked to join the team for Leg 3 from Abu Dhabi to Sanya. It turned out to be an incredible leg with the team winning into their home waters.
2016 saw Jack race onboard Spindrift 2, this is the largest racing trimaran in the world at 40m! They won the Transat Quebec-St Malo and setting a new course record. Following this Jack joined Dongfeng Race Team for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18. The team arrived into the finish in The Hague, Holland, to win the leg and claim overall victory. In 2019 Jack jumped back onboard the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 for two separate Jules Verne record attempts. A new world record time was set to the equator but the overall record eluded them after suffering rudder damage in the southern ocean.
Jack now sets his sights firmly on the Solitaire du Figaro 2020.
Crew member of maxi trimaran 2 for Jules Verne round the world record attempts
Winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 with Dongfeng Race Team
Round Barbados race, 1st place, Team Concise(ex Virbac), MOD 70
Caribbean 600, 2nd, Team Concise
Round Ireland race, Team Concise, 3rd
Transat Quebec-St Malo, Spindrift 2(maxi trimaran) 1st place and new race record set
1st in class and 3rd overall in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, Cookson 50, Ubox
Solo Basse Normadie, Figaro, GAC Concise, 10th
Solo Maitre Coq, Figaro, GAC Concise, 15th
La Solitaire du Figaro, GAC Concise, 10th
Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 3, Abu Dhabi - Sanya, Dongfeng, 1st
Transat Jacques Vabre, Concise 8, DNF
RORC Caribbean 600, Ker 46, Tonnerre, Class Winner
La Solitaire du Figaro, GAC Pindar, 25th
RORC Transatlantic race, Lupa, line honours, 1st in class and overall
ICOM Cup, Figaro, Artemis 77, 5th
Solo Arrimer, Figaro, Artemis 77, 16th - 1st Rookie
La Solitaire du Figaro, Artemis 77, 21st - 1st Rookie
Fastnet Race, Volvo Open 70, Abu Dhabi, 1st Volvo
Rolex Middle Sea race, Rachel Pugh 78 ‘‘Lupa’’, 12th overall-3rd in class
Cork Week, Ker 46 ‘‘Tonnerre’’, Winner overall and class
18 ft Skiff UK National Championships, ‘‘The Black Dog’’, 3rd
Winner of the RORC 'Duncan Munro Kerr Youth Challenge Trophy', for the youngest sailor with a place in the top 3 overall and most miles logged.
Winner of Key West race week, Tonnerre
Mini Fastnet, Artemis Base camp 438, Serie fleet, 21st of 56.
R.O.R.C. Overall champion, Tonnerre Ker 46
18ft Skiff Grand Prix Switzerland, GBR 47, 2nd
Round Ireland Race, Tonnerre Ker 46, Line Honours, 1st in Class and Overall
R.O.R.C. Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, Tonnerre Ker 46, First in class and 3rd overall.