Trent Rippey

Boy's Laser Radial
Date of birth: 
Monday, July 8, 1996
Trent Rippey, from Tauranga, has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Boy's Laser Radial at the 2014 ISAF Youth World Championships on from 12-19 July in Tavira Portugal.
Rippey also represented New Zealand at the 2012 ISAF Youth world Championships where he placed 8th as helm of the 29er skiff. 

Top 3 Sailing Achievements:

  • 2014 Laser Radial National Championships - 2nd overall/1st Youth
  • 2013 Starling National Championships - 1st 
  • P-Class National Championship - 1st 

Q&A with Trent Rippey... 

Q: How did you get into sailing?
A: Through Dad and my Mum.  We used to go holidaying in keel boats and launches, so I guess you could say it was bound to happen. I said to Mum and Dad that I wanted to sail when I was very young, 6 years old!

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

Q: Favourite place to sail?
A: Tauranga harbour and outside the entrance.

Q: Which New Zealand sailors do you admire most admire?
A: Dean Barker and Peter Burling.

Q: What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
A: Racing is very close and tactical, so that makes for very interesting and fun racing. It is also physically demanding.

Q: How will you prepare for the Youth Worlds and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
A: I have recently done one build up regatta, the British Youth Nationals. With 106 Lasers in my fleet this was great practice. My program is pretty full from here on now spending at least four days on the water a week and doing various forms of exercise as much as I can.

Q: What was the most proud moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
A: Winning selection for two ISAF youth worlds spots for New Zealand, I was happy that all my hard work over the years had paid off and my training structure was working to plan.