Tom Burnham
About Tom

Nickname: Tommy

Grantee: Youth Sailing Foundation

Hometown: Orange, CT

Resides: Middletown, RI

Everyday

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

Brands

Oakley
Patagonia

Gear

Fleece pullover top
Nano puff vest from Patagonia
Hoody
Oakley Batwolf glasses
Patagonia Wavefarer board shorts

4x

America’s Cup challenger campaigns

7x

World Championship titles

2nd

US trials leading up to the 2000 Olympics

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!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN 11th HOUR RACING AMBASSADOR?

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.

SUPPORTING THE MISSION

Sharing my love for the ocean and the environment is important to me. Supporting the mission of 11th Hour Racing helps me to accomplish the goal of using the sport that I love in a way to affect change in the world.

Header image credit: Nico Martinez | 52 SUPER SERIES

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

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