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, finishin in 5th place at the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Limmasol, Cyprus.
Top 3 Sailing Achievements…
- 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships – 5th 420 class
- 2013 420 Open World Championships – 15th
- 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland – 1st 420
Q&A with Zak Merton
Q: How did you get into sailing?
A: My father Dave took my brother and I to a learn-to-sail on his birthday. We both had a great time and I have loved it ever since.
Q: Favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
A: Food with sustenance.
Q: Favourite place to sail?
A: The Tauranga Harbour in the middle of summer.
Q: Which New Zealand sailors do you admire most?
A: Peter Burling, the Meechs, the Saunders and Finn Wright
Q: What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
A: Working towards big regattas and the close racing.
Q: How will you prepare for the Youth Worlds and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
A: This year we have done the Australian Open and Youth Nationals, the RYA British Youth Nationals, Oceanbridge Sail Auckland and the New Zealand 420 Nationals as lead up for the ISAF Youth Worlds. As part of training we are attending all of the youth clinics, training up in Auckland most weekends and getting out on the water in Tauranga as much as possible. Furthermore we are focusing on various forms of fitness and trying to eat as healthy as possible.
Q: What was the most proud moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
A: Representing New Zealand at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Cyprus last year. I felt incredibly proud.