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Rebecca Hume

Date of Birth:
NZL Sailing Foundation Youth team
Competition Class(es):
420 crew
Rebecca Hume

Top three sailing accomplishments:

  • 2019 NZ 420 Nationals - 1st girl, 3rd overall
  • 2019 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta, 420 - 2nd girl
  • 2017/2018 NZ starling traveller series - 3rd girl

Q & A with Rebecca Hume

How did you get into sailing?
When I was 8 my sisters and I got an optimist for Christmas. Dad brought the boat off Trade Me as he wanted us to sail like he did when he was a child out at Waiuku Yacht Club. We sailed this with my dad at Lake Rotoiti over summer. A couple years later my parents enrolled me in a Learn to Sail course at Kohimarama Yacht Club and I have been sailing ever since.

What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
Homemade lasagna

Where is your favourite place to sail?
My favourite place to sail is the Waitemata Harbour. In particular I like to sail off my home club Kohimarama.  My other favourite places to sail include Worser Bay and the Queen Charlotte Sounds.

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing?
Hanging out with my friends or playing guitar.

Who are your role models?
My sailing role models are the current and ex New Zealand female Olympians. These girls inspire me as they show how hard work and determination can make you achieve your dreams.

What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
I like sailing the 420 as I am a crew and like being on the trapeze and not hiking!

What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the upcoming year?
My skipper and I aim to place in the top 10 at Youth Worlds.

How will you prepare for the Youth Sailing World Championships and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
To prepare for the Youth Worlds we will be training hard with the boys 420 crew to be as good as we can before the worlds. We are also training in nautivaleas and with the sails that will be used at Youth Worlds so we get used to the gear.

What do you hope to achieve in your sailing career?
I want to keep sailing and trying lots of different boats and keep learning and improving. I would love to learn how to foil and do some skiff sailing.

What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
My proudest moment was winning the youth trials this year for the female 420 spot and coming first kiwi girls team at nationals. I am super proud of this as we put in a lot of hard work, training and preparation for the event and It was great feeling having it all come together and paying off.


Teammate: Sydney Cunliffe

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