Sam Barnett

420 Helm
Date of birth: 
Tuesday, September 17, 1996

Zak Merton and Sam Barnett from Tauranga have been selected to represent New Zealand in the Boy's 420 at the 2014 ISAF Youth World Championships on from 12-19 July in Tavira Portugal.

The pair sailed together in 2013 as well, finishing in 5th place at the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Limmasol, Cyprus.

Top 3 Sailing Achievements…

  • 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, Cyprus – 5th 420
  • 2013 420 Open World Championships, Spain 2013 – 15th
  • Yachting New Zealand Youth Worlds Trials – 1st in 2013 and 2014

Q&A with Sam…

Q: How did you get into sailing?
A: I really enjoyed Waterwise at Devonport Primary, so my parents encouraged me to sign up for a learn to sail course at Wakatere Boating Club. At Wakatere Terry Nicholas coached and encouraged me to my first regatta, the Winter Champs in 2009.

Q: Favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
A: A healthy wrap

Q: Favourite place to sail?
A: Cyprus

Q: Which New Zealand sailors do you admire most?
A: Jo Aleh, Polly Powrie, Richard and Peter Burling

Q: What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
A: The racing is really intense

Q: How will you prepare for the Youth Worlds and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
A: We are putting heaps of time on the water, perfecting our technique. We went to Great Britain for the British Youth Nationals in May, as a build up, and to find out what we needed to work on before the youth worlds. We finished a close 3rd.

Q: What was the most proud moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
A: Qualifying for the NZ Asian Champs Optimist team. It was so thrilling to realise I could achieve my goals and represent New Zealand.