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NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team

The Youth Sailing World Championships

New Zealand has a proud history of success at the Youth Sailing World Championships, having won a total of 55 medals including 17 gold, 20 silver and 18 bronze dating back to the first event in Sweden 1971. The 2018 team won a record-equalling four medals in Corpus Christi.

Past notable winners include America's Cup skippers, Olympic medallists and Volvo Ocean Race sailors including Alex Maloney, Blair Tuke, Chris Dickson, Russell Coutts, Dean Barker and Stuart Bannatyne.

The team are proudly supported by the NZL Sailing Foundation (previously known as the NZL Yachting Trust), Oceanbridge, VMG and HPSNZ.

Team Trials and Selection

The selection and trials for the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team to attend the Youth Sailing World Championships are reviewed annually. The selection regulation sets out the criteria and procedure for selecting sailors to be members of the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team and is publicly notified through the Briefings newsletter when published.
The current NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team selection regulation for 2023 is available here.

2023

The 2023 youth world championships will take place in Armação dos Búzios, Brazil from December 8 to 16. The 2022 edition took place in The Hague, The Netherlands in July 2022.

The final results can be found here.

 

Displaying 1 - 14 of 14.

  • z

    Aimee Bright

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    1st woman at the 2023 Oceania and Australia wingfoiling nationals.  
    1st under-19 woman at the 2023 NZ windfoiling national championships. 
    2nd woman in free-fly slalom at the 2023 GWA wingfoiling world tour.  

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    iQFOIL
  • y

    Ben Rist

    Top sailing accomplishments
    Participating in the 2023 US youth championships.
    2nd boy at the 2023 New Zealand youth championships. 

    How did you get into sailing?
    My brother started sailing so it just made sense for me to give it a go.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    iQFOIL
  • x

    Chloe Turner

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    1st girls 29er at the 2023 NZ youth championships and 3rd overall.
    1st girl at the 2023 Starling Auckland championships.
    1st under-12 girl at the 2021 NZ Optimist national championships and 2nd girl overall.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    29er (crew)
  • s

    George Pilkington

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    1st at the 2023 NZ youth championships.
    1st ILCA 6 youth boy at the 2023 NZ ILCA national championships - and 4th overall. 
    1st in the gold fleet at the 2023 national secondary schools keelboat championships.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    ILCA 6
  • sd

    Hugo Wigglesworth

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    7th at the 2022 youth world championships.
    1st at 2023 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta.
    29th at 2023 Formula Kite international youth world championships. 

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    Kitefoil
  • c

    Jack Parr

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    2020 NZ RS Feva national champion.
    2021 NZ 1st youth windfoil and qualifying for youth worlds team.
    2023 NZ 1st youth windfoil and qualifiying to the youth worlds team.

    Hometown:
    New Plymouth
    Region
    Western Districts
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    iQFOIL
  • y

    Joe Leith

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    Completing all four races on the first day of Sail Sydney in 20+ knots in the Optimist open class when I was 9... and going on to be the No 1-ranked NZ Opti sailor by 12.
    Winning the P Class nationals, the Tauranga Cup.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    420 (helm)
  • y

    Joshua Ferrissey

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    1st overall at 2023 420 NZ national championships, winning all 12 races.
    Making the gold fleet and finishing 31st overall at the 2023 420 youth European championships.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    420 (crew)
  • x

    Lucy Leith

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    Winning the 2023 NZ youth championships and placing third overall.
    Winning the 2022 nationals and placing third overall.
    Winning the 2022 NZ youth championships and placing 3rd overall.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    29er (helm)
  • b

    Naiomi Ferrissey

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    1st girl at the 2020 Starling NZ national championships and 2nd overall.
    1st girl at the 2023 ILCA NZ national championships and 11th overall.
    Making gold fleet and finishing 31st overall at the 2023 ILCA 6 youth world championships.

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    ILCA 6
  • Z

    Nicola Hume

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    1st female at the 2023 NZ youth championships and 2nd overall. 
    1st female at the 2023 29er NZ national championships. 
    1st female at the 2021 and 2022 Starling NZ national championships. 

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Competition Class(es):
    420 (crew)
  • x

    Rowan Kensington

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    1st at 2023 29er NZ national championships.
    1st at the 2023 NZ youth championships.
    11th at the 2023 29er world championships.     

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    29er (crew)
  • x

    Sean Kensington

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    11th at the 2023 29er world championships
    1st at the 2023 29er NZ national championships.
    1st at the P Class NZ national championships (2019, 2021)

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    29er (helm)
  • z

    Tessa Clinton

    Top-three sailing accomplishments
    1st girls 420 at the 2023 NZ youth championships and 2nd overall.
    1st girl NZ Optimist national championships twice.
    1st girls team at 2023 NZ 29er national championships and 7th overall. 

    Hometown:
    Auckland
    Region
    Auckland
    Date of Birth:
    Competition Class(es):
    420 (helm)