Top three sailing accomplishments:
- 2019 NZ Laser Radial National Championships - 1st youth girl
- 2019 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 1st youth girl
- 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships, Laser Radial - 20th
Q & A with Samantha Stock
How did you get into sailing?
I was jealous of my older brother who was sailing before me, and my dad encouraged me.
What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
Dumplings and spring rolls
Where is your favourite place to sail?
Beautiful bay of islands
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing?
Hanging with friends
Who are your role models?
Marit Bouwmeester, Robert Scheidt, Sam Meech, Tom Saunders, Annabelle Rennie-Younger, Olivia Christie, Blair Tuke, Peter Burling, Josh Junior, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech.
What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
It challenges me and makes me push myself.
What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the upcoming year?
I hope to tidy up my boat handling, improve my fitness, widen my knowledge on the rules and to enhance my understanding of the wind patterns, to help me become a champion.
How will you prepare for the Youth Sailing World Championships and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
I will be doing lots of sailing and gym work, competing in local regattas, and will probably attend Kiel Week.
What do you hope to achieve in your sailing career?
To get a medal at the Youth Worlds
What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
When I was in Germany for the Laser Worlds and my ratchet block fell off in the last 10 seconds of the start sequence, so I sailed the whole race boom sheeting, in a full stacking breeze with no ratchet block and finished second, and it was my top placing at the worlds. I was so happy and proud of myself.