Patrick Haybittle

Boy's RS:X
Date of birth: 
Thursday, October 29, 1998
Patrick Haybittle has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Boy's RS:X windsurfing at the 2014 ISAF Youth World Championships on from 12-19 July in Tavira Portugal.

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.