Jonathan Macbeth


Jonathan ‘Jono’ Macbeth’s exceptional professional sailing career began with an offer, from Sir Peter Blake, to help lift a fridge freezer. This random encounter was the spark for a successful America’s Cup career that now spans over 21 years.

In 1997 Jono joined Team New Zealand as part of their defence of the 31st America’s Cup in 2000. Their defence was successful and was the first America’s Cup victory in Jono’s career. As part of Team New Zealand Jono was the defender and runner-up in the 2003 Cup and the 2007 winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

His career progressed and he went on to join BMW Oracle Racing team, becoming part of two more victorious Cup cycles; winning the Deed of Gift match in Valencia in the giant trimaran in 2010 and their defence in the AC72 catamaran in San Francisco in 2013. It was during the 2013 campaign Jono was reunited with Sir Ben Ainslie, Oracle’s Cup-winning tactician. Jono’s relationship with Ben goes back to sailing together in the 2007 TNZ campaign.

Jono has remained with Ben, joining his historic team to challenge for and win the America’s Cup, and finally bring the trophy home to Britain where the competition started in 1851. Jono has a clear passion for contributing and educating people about his sailing experience, making him perfect for his role of Sailing Team Manager.

His determination and persistence is an inspiration to the entire team. Jono also has an important role mentoring the sailors in the INEOS Rebels programme that he helped to create. The Rebels programme was launched to support talented young British sailors and establish a career route for them into the America’s Cup. Jono’s personal goal for the Rebels is to ensure young and promising sailors have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

To book Jonathan Macbeth as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Jono is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Sailing
  • BMW Oracle Racing Team
  • Louis Vuitton Cup