Top three sailing accomplishments:
- Selection for the 2019 NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team
- 2017 and 2018 NZ schools teams racing national champion.
- 2017 NZ Starling Nationals - 2nd
Q & A with Luke Cashmore
How did you get into sailing?
My Dad was a keen sailor and he and my Mum got me into the optimist program and Wakatere Boating Club. Initially i didn’t like it but I soon started to enjoy the competitive side of racing and that’s what has made me love it.
What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
Baked beans on toast with cheese.
Where is your favourite place to sail?
My home club Wakatere and the Bay of Islands
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing?
Play tennis and cricket with friends and family
Who are your role models?
Sam Meech in the Laser, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke in the 49er
What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
The tactical side is really exciting with so many boats on the race course all with similar speeds, it comes down to the sailor at the end of the day.
What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the upcoming year?
To win the Youth Worlds in Poland and move into a full rig and hopefully be allowed to join the NZL Sailing Team and train with the best of the best.
How will you prepare for the Youth Sailing World Championships and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
I have a fitness and sailing program which I follow and that keeps me not only race ready but also well rested too. In the lead up to the Youth Worlds i will do most of the NZ regattas and also Kiel Week in late June.
What do you hope to achieve in your sailing career?
To win an Olympic medal in the laser class in the 2028 Olympic Games and to also one day be a part of Emirates Team New Zealand in the Americas Cup.
What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
Winning the youth spot on the last race of Oceanbridge, I tried to push the thought out of my mind when I was in a strong position around the race track and when i finally crossed the finish line I couldn’t believe I had won, I was very happy.