Nick Dempsey

Nicholas Charles Dempsey[4] (born 13 August 1980 in Norwich) is a British windsurfer, who lives in Poole, Dorset. He became the first man to win three Olympics medals in windsurfing when he won silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, adding to a silver won in the 2012 London Olympics, and a bronze from the 2004 Athens Olympics.[5] He is also twice world champion, winning gold in 2009 and 2013.[6]

Nick Dempsey
Personal information
Birth nameNicholas Charles Dempsey
Born (1980-08-13) 13 August 1980 (age 39)
Norwich, England[2]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)[3]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Event(s)Men's RS:X class
Coached byDom Tidey


Dempsey booked his first international success at the 1998 Mistral Youth World Championships, where he won the bronze medal. As a senior his first win was clinched at the North Sea Cup Series in Pevensey Bay, and an additional third place in the Kieler Woche.

During the 2000 Summer Olympics he finished in 16th position. He continued winning competitions in 2001 and beyond like Athens Eurolymp Week, Kieler Woche and the SPA Regatta before finishing third at the 2004 Summer Olympics to take the windsurfing bronze medal.

When switching to the RS:X class he won race after race, resulting in the first spot on the RS:X world rankings. He took the gold medal at the 2006 RS:X European Championships. At the 2006 RS:X World Championships he finished in 5th position.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics he came 4th in the RS:X Class windsurfing class with 60 points. He was 2 points behind Israeli bronze medalist Shahar Zubari.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Dempsey won the silver medal in the RS:X Class windsurfing class, behind Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands.[7]

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Dempsey again won the silver in the RS:X Class, again behind van Rijsselberge. With three medals won in the Olympics, he became the most decorated men's Olympic windsurfer.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Dempsey married yachtswoman Sarah Ayton in October 2008 just two months after she won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In June 2009, they had a son, Thomas-Flynn, and another son Oscar in March 2012.[9] The couple broke up in late 2012. Dempsey has an interest in photography.[10]


Year Position Windsurfing class Event
2016   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer   2016 Olympic Games – Men's sailboard
2015   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer 2015 Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland
2013   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer 2013 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships Buzios[11]
2012   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer   2012 Olympic Games – Men's sailboard
2009   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer 2009 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships Weymouth and Portland
2008 4. RS:X – Men's Windsurfer   2008 Olympic Games – Men's sailboard
2006   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer   2006 RS:X European Championships
2006   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer   Holland Regatta
2006   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer   Semaine Olympique Française
2006   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer   HRH Princess Sofia Trophy
2006   RS:X – Men's Windsurfer   Rolex Miami OCR
2004   Mistral – Men   2004 Summer Olympics
2003   Mistral – Men   Saronikos Gulf Regatta
2003   Mistral – Men   XXXIV Princess Sofia Trophy
2003   Mistral – Men   Athens Eurolymp Week
2002   Mistral – Men   Kieler Woche
2002   Mistral – Men   North Sea Cup Series – Herne Bay
2002   Mistral – Men   SPA Regatta
2002   Mistral – Men   Sail Auckland
2002   Mistral – Men   Sail Melbourne
2001   Mistral – Men   Kieler Woche
2001   Mistral – Men   XXXII Princess Sofia Trophy
2001   Mistral – Men   Athens Eurolymp Week
2000 16. Mistral – Men   2000 Summer Olympics
2000   Mistral – Men   Kieler Woche
2000   Mistral – Men   North Sea Cup Series – Pevensey Bay
2000   Mistral – Men   Penta Mistral Cup
1998   Mistral – Men   1998 Mistral World Youth Championship


  1. ^ "Sailor Biography: Nick Dempsey". World Sailing.
  2. ^ "Nick Dempsey – Windsurfing". Olympics 30.
  3. ^ "Nick Dempsey". BBC Sport.
  4. ^ GRO reference: September 1980, Vol. 10, Page 59389/S
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Nick Dempsey wins historic windsurfing silver medal in RS:X". BBC Sport. 15 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Nick Dempsey". RYA.
  7. ^ Morris, Steven (7 August 2012). "London 2012: Great Britain's Nick Dempsey wins windsurfing silver medal". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Nick Dempsey brings windsurfing career to an end with silver medal at Rio Olympics 2016". The Daily Telegraph. 14 August 2016.
  9. ^ Kidd, Patrick (8 August 2012). "Sacrifice that brought a family silver". The Times.
  10. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Nick Dempsey guaranteed windsurfing silver". BBC Sport. 12 August 2016.
  11. ^ "2013 RS:X WORLD WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS" (PDF). International RS:X Class Association.

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