Name: Tim Newton
SB20 fleet: Hamble
Boat name: Polarbear
Sail number: GBR3362
Crew Names: Richard Adams, Etienne Gauvain, Paul Whitbread
Why did you choose to sail in the SB20 fleet?
I had just stopped traveling with my work and was looking for a competitive and challenging fleet to sail in.
What is your and your crew’s experience in one design racing?
All sorts from J109, Sunsail, Melges 24, 6 metre, RS200, 707, Swan 45
Which events did you compete at during 2013?
Spring Series, Nationals, Cowes Week, World Championships, as much as work permits.
Do you have a favourite SB20 sailing memory?
Cowes 2012 was a pretty good week, but I enjoy getting out with good friends anytime.
Where is your favourite sailing location? Have you sailed your SB20 there?
Antigua or Sydney and no…
If you could change one thing about the SB20, what would it be?
Quality of the build / engine storage
What is your and your crew’s sailing background? (Which classes/boats and where?)
I grew up sailing a family ½ tonner in the early 70s that we raced most weekends or used as a committee boat with my Dr Father training the then Olympic sailing team, then spend too much time traveling with work for the next 25 years to get much competitive sailing in.
Started skippering a company boat for Cowes week and Industry sailing challenge etc, and got the bug again so got a Hunter 707 and used when not away at grand prix.
I stopped going to all the races at the end of 2010 so purchased the SB
What are you and your crew’s past sailing achievements?
Winning ISC in 2003, Cowes Week races in X332, and Sunsail classes.
What do you never go sailing without?
Optimism and enthusiasm, unfortunately not enough talent!
What do you do for a living?
I have worked in Motor Racing since 1980 in various roles from Mechanic to Team Manager, currently Car assembly Manager at Williams F1.
I used to travel to races all over the world and set up 40 tonnes of equipment and have 65 people to look after two race cars, the attention to detail required makes the job both rewarding and challenging.
Often wondered what would happen if F1 resource was applied to sailing I guess the recent Americas cup was getting close but still a long way off.