Date of birth4 August 1986
ClubRoyal Northern & Clyde YC, UK Sailing Academy Portland Dorset
For the last decade, Luke Patience has consistently been at the top of the 470 class, winning medals at Olympic, World, European and level.
Luke, who grew up in Rhu, near Helensburgh, was sailing competitively by age 9 and says that training in an often cold and unpredictable Scottish climate helped to toughen him up for the challenges ahead!
Following his Silver medal win at London 2012, Luke raced alongside Elliot Willis and the pair won gold at the 2014 470 European Championship title and also won silver at the test event for the Rio 2016 Olympics. They finished in fourth place at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships and based on these results, were selected for Team GB to compete in Rio in the men's 470 class.
Sadly Elliot was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015, leaving Luke to form a new partnership in January 2016, with Chris Grube and having to re-qualify for the Games. After just 8 months together they successfully represented Team GB in Rio finishing the Olympic Regatta in a credible 5th place, against rival pairings whose partnerships spanned over 15 years together.
Realising their potential was strong, the pair then embarked on a new campaign for Tokyo 2020 and have since won Enoshima Olympic Week, the 470 North American Championships and the Miami round of the 2018 World Cup Series. In October 2019, Luke was selected for his third Olympics, and will compete with Grube once again in Tokyo 2020 in the 470 class.
In Luke’s spare time he loves to return to Scotland whenever he can. He carries his energy into his hobbies and has a passion for most outdoor sports, particularly surfing and is a qualified skipper, able to take groups out on larger yachts. Luke is an accomplished inspirational speaker, often appearing as a guest speaker at a variety of events.