Ben Saxton Olympic sailor with a wealth of experience across so many disciplines. To date, Ben’s expertise lies at the top end of One Design sailing, holding many European and World titles, and since coming on board with Doyle Sails, he has been able to pass some of this experience to UK sailors across the board.
Joining the Doyle Sails UK team was an opportunity too good to refuse. Ben comments “where Doyle is right now around the world is inspiring, their projects and technology puts them ahead of everyone else, and I am excited about working with them’’.
Ben has spent most of his time in the 470 and Nacra 17 Olympic classes, along with many years in most sports boats, with experience also onboard Swan’s, Commodores Cup Campaigns and Farr 45’s. Ben continues, “to put it simply I love all boats and all types of sailing, so I am excited to get involved with everything from large offshore campaigns to J70’s and Etchells and everything racing and cruising in-between”.
Career highlights for 30 year old Ben would include going to the 2016 Olympics in the Multihull for Team Great Britain in Rio, or winning the Foiling Nacra in 2017 World Championships, along with winning n the Nacra Europeans twice and a second at the European 470 Championships.
Other accolades include Y&Y Racing performance sailor of the year, Royal Thames Yacht Club Sailor of the year, shortlist Y&Y sailor of the year. Ben has graduated with a BSC Business Management at the University of Southampton, and more recently been studying Real Estate Economics and Finance.
If you’d like to read more about Ben’s impressive accomplishments, here they are:
2020 J70 Bacardi Cup Winner
2020 J70 National Champion
2019 Nacra 17 European Champion
2019 Nacra 17 Olympic Test Event Bronze
2017 Nacra 17 World Champion
2016 Nacra 17 European Champion
2013 Nacra 17 World Silver
2017 Nacra 17 European Bronze
2017 J70 Worlds 9th
2017 J70 National Champion
2016 Team GB Olympian Rio 9th Nacra
2012 470 European Championships Silver
6 x dinghy champion of champions (Endeavor Trophy Winner)
2007 Youth Olympic Champion
SB20 World Championship Bronze
Youth Match Racing National Champion
Youth Team Racing National Champion
ABOUT DOYLE SAILS GRAND PRIX // Pushing boundaries and winning all over the world.
Doyle Sails has become a leading force worldwide in Grand Prix race sails, from foiling Moths all the way through to the most high-profile Super Maxi’s. One of Doyle’s biggest strengths in the Grand Prix sector has been the team of experienced, passionate sailors that see the projects through from concept to competition.
In fact, many of Doyle’s innovations from a conceptual standpoint come from their in-house team of Grand Prix sailors such as, Richard Bouzaid, Mike Sanderson, Robbie Doyle, Stu Bannatyne, Justin Ferris, Luke Molloy, Chris Nicholson and Guillermo Altadill. The group is constantly competing at the highest level to ensure Doyle stays at the forefront of sail development.
Extensive testing on the water of the final product, coupled with cutting edge CFD and FEA software and design tools, have allowed us to develop sail shapes and crossovers perfected for the individual custom Grand Prix yacht. This, combined with our in-house SailPack design program and an incredibly detailed production process, offers unrivalled performance for our customers.