Fresh from winning the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, 25-year old Luke Parkinson joined Artemis Racing in June 2015.
Luke began his sailing career at the age of five and competed in his first professional race at the 2010 Flinders Island race in Australia. After a spell campaigning on the Olympic 49er international regatta circuit, training with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, Luke was part of the Objective Australia team which qualified to race at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco.
After racing alongside Ian Walker in the 2013 Hong Kong to Vietnam and Sydney to Hobart races, the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper was so impressed with the young talent and work rate that he offered him a place in the Abu Dhabi crew.
Aside from being a top class bowman and helmsman, Luke’s other greatest assets are his superb physical strength and fitness.