Following in father’s wake
SAM Gilmour, of Mosman Park, is a finalist in the team’s category of the WA Sports Federation awards, which will be held on December 7 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The 22-year-old was also shortlisted for Sports Star of the Year – the same award his father Peter Gilmour won in 1987.
Sam followed in his father’s sailing footsteps at the age of 10 and has been a member of the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club since 2004.
Along with Neptune Racing members Chris Smith, Adam Negri, Justin Wong, Niall Morrow and Cameron Seagreen, Sam won the World Championships in Poland last September, earning the team a wildcard in to the World Match Racing Tour event in Sweden.
Neptune Racing is currently 11th on the tour and ranked number five with the International Sailing Federation.
The team will compete at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta – a qualifier for the World Match Racing Tour – in February.
Sam said he sailed four or five days a week and when he was not on the water, he was working on the boat with his teammates or coaching at the RFBYC.
The UWA commerce graduate said he was excited to be nominated for the two awards but there was no pressure to follow in his father’s winning footsteps.
PETER Gilmour and his wife Christine moved 21 times following the America’s Cup tour after leaving Perth in 1987.
The Mosman Park couple had three sons during their travels that had them call places such as Sydney, Yokohama, Seattle, Auckland and Switzerland home.
So it is no wonder David, Sam and Lachlan have achieved their own success in the sport of sailing.
David (24) is in the Australian sailing team, Sam (22) won a wildcard to the World Match Racing Tour this year and Lachlan (18) has a sailing scholarship with the WA Institute of Sport.
Sam was shortlisted for the WA Sports Federation Sports Star of the Year, which Peter won in 1987.
Peter said racing in the America’s Cup in Fremantle that year contributed to him winning the main prize.
“That particular year we won seven of the eight events on the world tour when it was just a group of individual events,” he said.
Peter said the sport of sailing had changed since the 1980s.
“The big difference from that era of the America’s Cup was it was in Fremantle and was front and back page of the paper but now other sports have taken over and become mainstream,” he said. “The skill of these guys now is way, way better.
“They’re far more accomplished sailors. When my sons need sparring partners, they usually get the better of me.”
Since retiring from sailing three years ago, Peter has taken a more active role on his family’s Wagyu beef farm in Albany.
Peter said the farm had been in his family for 40 years and they started producing Wagyu 10 years ago.
He spends about 10 days a month on the farm and then markets the product interstate and overseas.
Sam Gilmour (22) and his dad Peter.