John Gimson

Date of birth: 11 March 1983
Birth place: Leicester
Home town: Congleton, Cheshire

Anna Burnet

Date of birth: 27 September 1992
Birth place: Hammersmith, London
Home town: Shandon, Scotland

John Gimson had his first taste of sailing at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club in Staffordshire and soon got the racing bug.

In his younger years he was the Youth National Champion in the 29er class and won silver medals at the World and Europeans Championships. Gimson showed his versatility as a sail racer, also winning the 420 class National title and paving the way for a glittering senior career.

Gimson spent eight years racing keelboats to fund his early Olympic aspirations. He raced as a helmsman/tactician on a number of success campaigns in boats ranging from the Melges 24 to the TP52. He finished fourth at the Etchells World Championships and won multiple Championships including the Etchells British and European Championships and Cowes Week.

After a brief stint in the 470 and Tornado classes, Gimson took his keelboat sailing experience into the Star class. He showed great potential with some strong results and was quickly taken under the wing of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson as their tuning partner for the London 2012 Olympic cycle.

Unfortunately for Gimson, the Star was dropped as an Olympic class following London 2012 but this made way for an exciting and successful transition to the mixed multihull Nacra 17 class. During this period he also joined the Artemis Racing America’s Cup team and sailed the AC45, the team’s first foiling boat, in the build-up to the 2013 Americas Cup.

Burnet began sailing at the Royal Northern & Cylde Yacht Club on the West of Scotland. Starting out in an Optimist, she won the female National title and was selected for the British Optimist World Championship team in 2006. At youth level she won the female National title in the 420 before progressing to the Olympic 470 class.

Burnet won Silver & Bronze medals at the 470 Junior World Championships in 2012 & 2013 and continued to campaign alongside completing a BSc (hons) in Sports Studies at the University of Southampton.

Gimson and Burnet teamed up at the end of 2016 and have since proven themselves with a host of world-class performances. In 2018 the team won gold at Kiel Week and went on to qualify the nation spot for the Olympic Games. Over the last year Gimson and Burnet haven’t placed outside the top 5 at a major International competition and recent highlights include winning the 2020 Nacra 17 World Championships plus silver medals at the 2019 European Championships, World Cup Final and the Olympic test event.