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Isaac McHardie 

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Competition Class(es):
49er (helm)

Isaac McHardie and teammate William McKenzie have established themselves as one of the top 49er crews in New Zealand – and the world - over the past 12 months.

McHardie started sailing when aged 10, and achieved considerable success in the Optimist, P-Class, Starling, 29er and Foiling Moth. He won the 2013 youth sailing world championships in the SL16 catamaran and followed that up with bronze in the 29er at the 2014 event.

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.

By then McHardie had teamed up with good mate McKenzie in the 49er and the pair have made steady progress since – winning the under-23 49er world championships and the Red Bull Foiling Generation world finals in 2019.

Top-10 finishes in several regattas across Europe followed but it has been their form over the past year that has seen them force their way into consideration as the heirs apparent to Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, along with training partners Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn.

McHardie and McKenzie started 2023 with a bronze at the World Cup in Palma de Mallorca in January, followed by sixth overall at the French Olympic Week a fortnight later, to book their spot at the Olympic test event in Marseille.


Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie have managed a string of impressive results in regattas in Europe. Photo / Sailing Energy 

Career highlights

  • 2023 French Olympic week (49er): 6th
  • 2023 World Cup Palma (49er): 3rd
  • 2022 World championships (49er): 4th
  • 2022 European championships (49er): 10th
  • 2022 Kiel Week (Nacra 17): 3rd
  • 2022 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta (49er): 1st
  • 2022 NZ national championships  (49er): 2nd
  • 2020 Oceania championships  (49er): 5th
  • 2019 Oceania championships  (49er): 5th
  • 2019 Youth world championships (49er): 1st
  • 2019 Red Bull Foiling Generation world finals (49er): 1st
  • 2019 World Cup Genoa (49er): 2nd
  • 2019 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta (49er): 2nd
  • 2018 Enoshima Olympic week (49er): 3rd
  • 2018 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta  (49er): 7th
  • 2017 Sail Sydney  (49er): 4th
  • 2017 Enoshima Olympic week (49er): 10th
  • 2017 World Cup Gamagori: 5th
  • 2016 World Cup final (49er): 6th
  • 2016 Red Bull Foiling Generation: 2nd
  • 2016 NZ national championships  (49er): 3rd
  • 2015 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta (49er): 8th
  • 2015 NZ national championships  (49er): 6th
  • 2014 Youth sailing world championships (29er): 3rd
  • 2014 NZ national championships (29er): 1st
  • 2014 Sir Peter Blake Memorial championships (29er): 1st
  • 2014 Sail Auckland (29er): 2nd
  • 2013 Youth world championships (Sirena SL16): 1st

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