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Isaac McHardie 

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49er (helm)
Isaac McHardie

Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie are looking to break through into the top tier of 49er sailors over the next couple of years after making significant strides in recent times. 

The pair won two world titles in 2019 - the under-23 49er world championships and Red Bull Foiling Generation world finals - and also finished an impressive 11th at the 2019 49er world championships in Auckland. They were also second at the World Cup Series in Genoa earlier in the year.

But they're ready to re-establish themselves on the international stage after a couple of years disrupted by Covid and go into the European season on the back of their victory at this year's Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta and second-placed finish at the 49er national championships.

Isaac started sailing when aged 10, and achieved considerable success in the Optimist, P-Class, Starling, 29er and Foiling Moth and he's now Olympic campaigning in a 49er with McKenzie. His ultimate goal is to win the America's Cup.

Isaac won the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in the SL16 catamaran and followed that up with bronze in the 29er at the 2014 ISAF Youth World Championships. He also finished second in the 2016 Red Bull Foiling Generation and was a member of the NZL Sailing Team who finished second at the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.

Isaac McHardie and Will McKenzie

Career highlights

  • 2022 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 1st
  • 2022 49er national championships - 2nd
  • 2020 49er world championships - 19th
  • 2019 49er world championships - 11th
  • 2019 Enoshima Olympic Week - 16th
  • 2019 Kiel Week - 11th
  • 2019 under-23 49er world championships - 1st
  • 2019 Red Bull Foiling Generation world finals - 1st
  • 2019 49er European Championships -15th
  • 2019 World Cup Series Genoa - 2nd
  • 2019 Princess Sofia Regatta - 35th
  • 2019 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 2nd
  • 2018 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 7th
  • 2017 Sail Sydney - 4th
  • 2017 Enoshima Olympic Week - 10th
  • 2017 Gamagori World Cup - 5th
  • 2017 49er world championships - 28th
  • 2017 49er European championships - 38th
  • 2016 Red Bull Foiling Generation - 2nd
  • 2016 49er national championships - 3rd
  • 2014 New Zealand 29er national championships - 1st
  • 2014 Sir Peter Blake Memorial Champs, 29er - 1st
  • 2014 Sail Auckland Champs, 29er, 2nd
  • ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 29er - 3rd
  • 2013 Waikato Junior Sportsman of the year finalist
  • 2013 Yachting New Zealand Young Emerging Talent AwardGreat Britain 29er National Champion
  • 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships SL16 catamaran - 1st
  • 2013 Junior Sail Auckland Starling - 1st
  • 2012 Optimist world championships team
  • 2012 Winner P-Class Interprovincial Tanner Cup
  • 2012 P-Class national championships - 1st
  • 2012 29er Winter Championships - 1st
  • 2011 Sir Peter Blake Memorial Trophy (most outstanding P Class Sailor Award)
  • Yachting New Zealand Volvo Young Sailor of the Year
  • 2011 Optimist world championships team
  • 2011 P-Class Interprovincial Tanner Cup - 1st
  • 2011 P-Class North Island championships - 1st

Team mate: William McKenzie