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Seb Menzies

Date of Birth:
Competition Class(es):
29er and 49erFX crew
Seb Menzies Profile

Top three sailing accomplishments:

  • 2019 Youth Sailing World Championships, 420 - 1st

  • 2019 420 Open World Championships - 2nd

  • 2018 420 Open World Champion

Q & A with Seb

How did you get into sailing?
I got into sailing because my friends were doing it at the time and it looked pretty fun.

What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
Lasagne, chocolate milk

Where is your favourite place to sail?
Newport, Rhode Island and Vilamoura, Portugal

What is your favourite thing to do when not sailing?
My favourite things to do when I'm not sailing would be surfing or going winging.

Who are your role models?
Some of my role models include Ben Ainsle and Sir Russell Coutts

What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
The best thing about sailing the 29er is it’s a 2 person boat that is fast and tactical, which makes for some fun racing between a lot of boats at a good level. 

What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the next 12 months?
I hope to perform well at the youth worlds and also have a strong transition into the 49er, starting with the Junior Worlds in the FX. 

How will you prepare for the youth sailing world championships and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
During our leadup to the Youth Worlds we will be competing in the Euro Cup and the European Championships. We also plan to sail in the NZ 29er nationals just before we leave.

What are your sailing career goals?
My sailing goal is to compete in top level sailing competitions such as the Olympics, America's Cup and SailGP.

What are the proudest moments of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
My proudest moment was winning the 420 youth worlds, this was right after the 420 Open Worlds where we were disappointed as we fell off the top spot on the last day. This meant we were really determined to do better at the youth worlds so to win it was an incredible feeling

World Sailing Sailor Bio

Teammate: George Lee Rush

George Lee Rush & Seb Menzies - 2022 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta