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Micah Wilkinson

Date of Birth:
NZL Sailing Team
Competition Class(es):
Nacra 17 (helm)

Sailing was not always at the top of Micah's list as he tried all sorts of sports in his school days at Cambridge High School from go karting to rugby and adventure racing to water polo. It probably didn’t help that he couldn’t find a boat at his club on Lake Ngaroto that went fast enough to satisfy his need for speed.

It also wasn’t until he jumped in a 29er with Isaac McHardie, who hails from Hamilton, and won the 2013 youth sailing world championships that he realised he could have a future in the sport.

Micah soon teamed up with Liv Mackay in a Nacra 17 and the pair went on to win the 2016 under-23 Nacra world championships and first ever Red Bull foiling generation world title in 2016. They followed that up with a 10-placed finish at the 2017 Nacra world championships despite taking possession of their foiling catamaran only three days before racing started.

Micah has since combined with Erica Dawson in the Nacra 17 and also switched to the helm, and they've made significant progress. They were seventh at the 2020 Nacra 17 world championships in Melbourne, a result which helped them gain selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Micah was a member of the NZL Sailing Team who came agonisingly close to winning the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (they were denied when two teams tangled at the final mark to allow Great Britain’s Land Rover BAR Academy to sneak past and win overall) and also has experience on the Extreme Sailing Series.

Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson

Career highlights:

  • 2020 Nacra 17 world championships - 7th

  • 2019 Nacra 17 world championships - 19th

  • 2019 Olympic test event - 17th

  • 2019 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 2nd

  • 2018 sailing world championships - 11th

  • 2018 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 2nd

  • 2017 Nacra world championships - 10th

  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Final - 2nd

  • 2016 Red Bull Foiling Generation - 1st

  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland - 13th

  • 2016 Red Bull Foiling Generation NZ Series - 1st

  • 2016 U23 Nacra world championships - 1st

  • 2016 Nacra 17 World Championships - 19th

  • 2015 Nacra 17 World Championships – 35th

  • 2014 29er World Championships – 5th

  • 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships – 5th (Multihull Open)

  • 2013 29er World Championships – 32nd

  • 2013 Sail First ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships – 1st (Multihull Open)

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