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Eli Liefting

Date of Birth:
NZL Sailing Foundation Youth team
Competition Class(es):
29er helm
Eli Liefting

Top three sailing accomplishments:

  • Selection for the 2019 NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team
  • 2017 RS Feva World Champion
  • 2017 America's Cup Endeavour RS Feva Regatta Champion

Q & A with Eli Liefting

How did you get into sailing?
Through friends who were doing a holiday programme, they wanted me to come along ad give it a try

What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?

Where is your favourite place to sail?
Auckland, when it's 30 knots

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing?

Who are your role models?
The 49er and Nacra sailors who are training everyday to go to the Olympic Games

What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
They are very quick and agile boats, they're always lots of fun to sail no matter how much wind there is.

What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the upcoming year?
To have worked really hard and to have achieved our goals at the Youth Worlds and Class Worlds.

How will you prepare for the Youth Sailing World Championships and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
NZ Nationals and Kiel Week

What do you hope to achieve in your sailing career?
To do something in the future that is to do with sailing and hopefully go to the Olympic Games

What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
Winning the RS Feva Worlds. It was an awesome feeling making my family and coach proud.

Teammate: Jack Frewin

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