Top 3 Sailing Achievements…
- 7th with 3 race wins at the RYA Youth Nationals in Weymouth England April 2014
- NZ National Youth Champion RS:X 2014
- NZ National Champion Techno 293 2013
Q&A with Patrick Haybittle
Q: How did you get into sailing?
A: I went to a “Have a go sailing an Optimist day” at Lake Rua, Christchurch. Loved it so signed up for lessons. I progressed through Opti, P Class and Starling. i took up Windsurfing. between the P Class and Starling.
Q: Favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
A: Hot Pasta or a muffin
Q: Favourite place to sail?
A: Murrays Bay in a 20 Knot Easterly
Q:Which New Zealand sailors do you admire most?
A: Bruce Kendall, JP Tobin, Grant Beck
Q: What is the best thing about sailing your youth class?
A: Speed. The feeling of complete freedom. Feeling and reacting to every tiny change in wind and waves. Doing freestyle tricks which improve balance and technique. Sailing with my Mates.
Q: How will you prepare for the Youth Worlds and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
A: I have just come home from the last major event so will be working hard on fitness and spending as much time on the water as I can training.
Q: What was the most proud moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
A: Winning Race 1 of the RYA Youth Nationals in Weymouth in super light conditions. I felt like my confidence had gone through the roof. I was elated and ready to keep going and going.