Lutes started sailing competitively in 2007 in the Martin 16 and the Paralympic 2.4mR class. Winning his first M16 regatta, Coupe du Québec, gave a real taste for sailboat racing. In August 2011 he tried out for a position on the 3 person Sonar and joined the team full time in November 2011.
Lutes has a deep appreciation for sailing, “There's an amazing thrill racing sailboats. Disability doesn't matter, you find ways to adapt and bring all your abilities into play.”