Newport Shipyard Personality: Great Sloat - S/Y Hanuman Captain

Greg Sloat enjoys his job as captain of the J Class superyacht Hanuman. On his weekends off, however, you’ll find him away from the water on his 14-acre farm in Texas spending time with his wife Anna and their animals, and racing his car at Harris Hill Raceway in Austin.

Greg Sloat may not be your typical superyacht captain. A Texas native and graduate of Texas A&M in Galveston, one of six US Maritime Academies, Greg started his career in the marine industry reviewing environmental permits for NOAA. He knew nothing about the superyacht world until he started doing a few boat deliveries on the side. “It sounded like something fun to do for a year,” said Sloat of being offered a job as a boat captain. Nineteen years -- and two superyachts -- later Sloat is in his sixth year as captain onboard one of the most well-known J Class racing yachts in the world.

“I love the racing side of sailing,” Sloat said while spending this winter at Newport Shipyard, where Hanuman is in the shed being optimized for the 2017 racing season. Greg considers helping to develop the racing program onboard Hanuman as one of his greatest sailing accomplishments. In 2013, during the St. Barth’s Bucket, Hanuman won every race and was one of five J Class yachts racing together for the first time. This was definitely a moment Sloat was proud to be a part of. Hanuman plans to race next summer in Bermuda in a historic J Class regatta, which is slated to feature five to six other J Class yachts and then back to Newport to race in the J Class World Championship.

A longtime customer of Newport Shipyard, and a homeowner in Newport since 2003, Greg chose the Shipyard for Hanuman’s optimization. Bringing the boat to Newport Shipyard allowed him to bring in the subcontractors he needed through the winter to get the job going. Greg brought in a few of his own ‘build’ team members in addition to working with the Shipyard’s onsite team and our recommended subcontractors. “Having a welding, carpentry and machine shop here is very helpful and the guys I work with on a daily basis are professional and knowledgeable in their fields,” he continued. “It has been a great experience so far and I would highly recommend Newport Shipyard to other captains and crew.”