About Grant Spanhake

Involved in 6 x America’s Cup’s

1987     New Zealand challenge 12 meters Perth Australia. (KZ3, KZ5, KZ7) : Headsail & spinnaker trimmer, sail design team, sail analysis
1992     America 3 San Diego, USA. (1st place) : Head coach, sail design, performance analysis
1995     Pact 95: Headsail & Asymmetrical trimmer, sail design
2000     Young America Auckland New Zealand: Mainsail trimmer, sail design
2003     One World Challenge, Auckland New Zealand: Trimmer, sail designer
2006     Luna Rossa, Valencia, Spain: sail coordinator, sail design, trimmer, trim coach

Competed in 4 x Round the World Races

1984    Lion New Zealand, IOR Maxi, Peter Blake. Trimmer, sailmaker
1989    Fisher & Paykel IOR Maxi Ketch, Grant Dalton. Trimmer, sail designer, sailmaker
1998    Chessie racing Volvo 60, John Kostecki/Dee Smith, Watch Captain, sailmaker
2002    Tyco Racing Volvo 60, Kevin Shoebridge, Sail designer, Trimmer
2005    Volvo ocean race. Rules adviser, Sail rules

Involved in 5 x Olympic Games

2004         Athens Olympic Games (Woman’s Gold medal) Greek team of Sofia Bekatorou & Emilia Tsoulfa: Sail designer &   trim coach
2008         Beijing Olympic Games, Team GBR 470 (Men’s Silver medal & woman 6th place), Tornado (6th pace): Sail designer & trim coach
2008          Beijing Para-Olympic Games, Team GBR Sonar (4th place): Sail designer & trim coach
2012          London Olympics: Silver medal 470’s men & 470’s womanGold Medal 2.4’s, Bronze Medal Skud’s as sail designer and trim coach
2016          Rio, Working with the US Olympic & Olympic development team.
2020/21     Tokyo, Working with the US Olympic & Olympic development team