Hylton started sailing at the age of eight on Optimist dinghies in Zululand and as a 13 year old converted to catamaran sailing receiving Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Natal colours for his successes on Hobie 16’s, Hobie Tiger’s and keelboat regattas at local and has represented South Africa in many International events.
In 2007, Hylton bought his first keelboat, a Pacer 42 “Puma Unleashed” and successfully campaigned a partnership with Puma for four years. Successes included being crowned IRC National Champs, he was voted RCYC sailor of the year in 2012 and RCYC club champion. In 2012 Hylton sold Unleashed and along with his long sailing partner Johnny Cullum, purchased the GP42 “Vulcan”.
Hylton’s team then went on to win the IRC National Championships on two occasions, and were successful at breaking records and at numerous offshore races such as the Mossel Bay Offshore, YachtPort Offshore and were placed third overall at the 2017 Cape to Rio and broke the South African registered boat record.
His love for the sport has seen him serve on various organising committees, including chairing the Mykonos Offshore (SA’s largest offshore race) and the Hobie Tiger World Champs. He has sat on committees for the Cape2Rio race and he has served RCYC as Rear Commodore sailing. He currently sits as a SAS (SA Sailing) National Counselor representing keelboat racing and is the Chairman of IRC South Africa.
He now enjoys sailing on the Highland Fling race team and enjoys many overseas regattas.