Ali Nightingale

Girl's Laser Radial
Date of birth: 
Tuesday, July 22, 1997

Ali Nightingale, from Christchurch, has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Girl's Laser Radial at the 2015 ISAF Youth World Championships on from 27 December 2015 - 3 January 2016 in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Top 3 Sailing Achievements…

  • 14th 2014 Laser Radial Championships

  • 2nd 2014 RYA Great Britain Youth National Championships

  • 18th 2014 ISAF Youth World Championships

Q&A with Ali Nightingale

Q: How did you get into sailing?
A: I went with a friend to the spring Learn to Sail camp at Charteris Bay Yacht Club in 2008. I continued on through the youth classes getting into the Laser radial when I was 14 years old.

Q: Favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
A: Pita Pit

Q: Favourite place to sail?
A: Charteris Bay.

Q: Who are your role models?
A: Josh Junior and Molly Meech

Q: What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
A: I love the close tactical racing and the physicality of sailing the Laser in the breeze.

Q: What do you hope to achieve in the upcoming year?
A: Win a medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Langkawi, Malaysia in December and continue sailing, in the senior women Laser radial fleet.

Q: How will you prepare for the Youth Worlds and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
A: I am traveling to Auckland from Christchurch to train and will be going to Sail Melbourne in the lead up to the ISAF Youth Words.

Q: What was the most proud moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
A: Winning the 2015 YNZ Youth Trials was a big moment for me. The event was high stakes and stressful and seeing my Mum on the beach after coming in after the last race made me realise how much sacrifice and support my family have given me over my years in youth. I am privileged to be given the opportunity to again represent New Zealand at the ISAF Youth Worlds.