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Peter Burling

Hometown:
Tauranga
Date of Birth:
Teams:
2012 Olympics,
2016 Olympics,
NZL Sailing Team
Competition Class(es):
49er (helm)
Peter Burling

Peter Burling is one half of one of the most successful sailing duos in recent history and, together with Blair Tuke, will be looking to defend the gold medal they won in the 49er class at the Rio Olympics.

Pete and Blair won in Rio by a mammoth 43 points, the biggest winning margin in any Olympics regatta in the modern era, but it didn’t come as a surprise considering they were virtually unbeatable in the four years leading into those Games. That gold came on the back of the silver they won in the 49er at the 2012 London Olympics, New Zealand’s 100th Olympic medal.

The pair took a break after Rio to firstly help Emirates Team New Zealand win the 2017 America’s Cup and then compete in the Volvo Ocean Race but jumped back in the 49er towards the end of 2018. They’ve since added two more world 49er titles to the four they had already collected, as well as gold at last year’s Olympic test event.

Pete and Blair, who are coached by Hamish Willcox, late last year set up an environmental charity, Live Ocean, to help position New Zealand as world leaders in ocean health. The pair are keen divers and surfers and are rarely seen far away from the ocean.

Peter Burling

Career Highlights

  • 2020 49er world championships - 1st

  • 2020 49er Oceania championships - 2nd

  • 2019 49er world championships - 1st

  • 2019 49er Oceania championships - 3rd

  • 2019 Olympic test event - 1st

  • 2019 49er European Championships - 1st

  • 2019 World Cup Series Genoa - 3rd

  • 2019 Princess Sofia Regatta - 7th

  • 2019 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 1st

  • 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race - 3rd

  • 2017 World Sailor of the Year
  • 2017 Moth world championships - 2nd
  • 2017 America's Cup winner
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games - 1st
  • 2016 Kieler Woche - 1st
  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 1st
  • 2016 49er & 49erFX European Championships - 1st
  • 2016 49er World Championships - 1st

  • 2015 49er World Championships - 1st

  • 2015 49er South American Championships - 1st 

  • 2015 Olympic Test Event Rio - 1st 

  • 2015 49er European Championships - 1st 

  • 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth - 1st

  • 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 1st

  • 2015 Princess Sofia Regatta - 1st 
  • 2015 International Moth World Championhips - 1st
  • 2014 49er World Champions
  • 2014 Olympic Test Event, Rio - 1st 
  • 2014 49er European Championships - 1st
  • 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 1st 
  • 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - 1st 
  • 2013 New Zealand Sailor of the Year
  • 2013 49er World Championships - 1st
  • 2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup champion 
  • 2013 49er European Championships - 1st
  • 2012 London Olympics - 2nd
  • 2012 49er World Championships – 2nd
  • 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – 2nd
  • 2011 Sail Melbourne – 3rd 
  • 2011 Weymouth and Portland Pre-Olympics - 3rd
  • 2011 Delta Lloyd Regatta - 3rd
  • 2010 Sail Melbourne - 2nd
  • 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta – 2nd
  • 2010- North American 49er Championships - 1st
  • 2008 Beijing Olympic Games 470 Class – 11th
  • 2007 420 World Championships - 1st
  • 2006 420 World Championhips - 1st