Tom Burnham

    We interact with the environment on a daily basis as sailors. Protecting that environment is a top priority. It is really special to be able to share an awareness of our surroundings with others.

    Tom grew up sailing with his family on Long Island Sound and spent his summers at the Milford Yacht Club. He started racing competitively in Jr High School when he was 12 years old. His first taste of international competition was in 1989 at the International 420 World Championship in Yugoslavia. Through many twists and turns over the years, sailing became his profession. When not working, Tom likes to spend his time with his family, enjoying many outdoor activities with his wife and kids – including more sailing, of course!


    Sailing and the ocean are not just my profession, but also my passion. Sharing this passion with others is very inspiring. 11th Hour Racing helps us promote good practices at a local and global level, within the international sailing community.

    Career Highlights

    • 4 America’s Cup challenger campaigns: Young America, twice with Luna Rossa, and head coach of Artemis Racing.
    • US Sailing Team during the lead up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.  2nd place in the US trials.
    • 7 World Championship titles – Swan 45, TP52, Match Racing, RC 44


    Nickname: Tommy

    Grantee: Youth Sailing Foundation

    Hometown: Orange, CT

    Resides: Middletown, RI


    Cool Trick: Standing on a Swiss ball

    Free Time: Skiing, sailing, family

    Bad Ass Moment: Winning the 2003 Match Racing Worlds

    Hidden Talent: Cooking

    Guilty Pleasure: Eating

    The Fridge: eggs, milk, yogurt, hummus

    Best Advice: Be happy with what you have and where you are

    Hobby: Trying to surf, mostly I swim with a board!

    Fun Fact: I talk in my sleep


    Oakley, Patagonia


    Fleece pullover top.

    Nano puff vest from Patagonia.


    Oakley Batwolf glasses.

    Patagonia Wavefarer board shorts.

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