Iain Bryden Percy OBE born 21st March 1976 in Southampton is a British sailor and double Olympic champion. Iain Percy, is one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic sailors, having won gold in Sydney in 2000. Iain led the 2000 finn class Olympic regatta in Sydney Harbour from the first day; he took victory with a race to spare. A highly talented yachtsman, he has spent some time competing outside of the Olympic Classes.
Iain Percy began sailing at the age of four, when his family decided to take up a sport they could enjoy together. He began his career sailing at Weston Sailing Club in Southampton in an Optimist dinghy and he hasn’t looked back.
Iain turned professional in 1998 and within two years was representing Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It was at the Sydney Games where Iain struck gold, winning the highly technical Finn class. As a result of his gold medal, he was honoured by the Queen and received an MBE.
Iain changed classes for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and chose to race alongside Steve Mitchell in the double-handed Star class. After a disappointing sixth place at the Games, Iain and Steve bounced back very quickly taking bronze at the 2005 World Championships and gold at the European Championships in the same year. It was in 2005 that Iain decided to take a break from full time Olympic Classes sailing and join America’s Cup challenger +39 Challenge as helmsman. Due to a lack of funding +39 only managed ninth place in the Louis Vuitton Cup. However, this has allowed Iain to get back on the water in his Star with his new crew Andrew Simpson. The pair have gelled well as a team since joining forces in January 2007 and in their first major test, the ISAF World Championships, won a bronze medal following that up with bronze at the Star European Championships in September.
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing he again won a gold medal, this time in the Star class, teaming up with Andrew Simpson. Percy is a member of Hayling Island Sailing Club and sails there regularly.
Percy was awarded an OBE as a recognition of his services to Sport.