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Seb Menzies

Date of Birth:
NZL Sailing Foundation Youth team
Competition Class(es):
420 Helm
Seb Menzies

Top three sailing accomplishments:

  • 2018 420 Open World Champion

  • 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship, 420 - 5th

  • 2019 NZ Waszp National Champion

Q & A with Seb Menzies

How did you get into sailing?
My parents signed me up to a ‘learn to sail’ course at Murrays Bay Sailing Club without telling me. The day that learn to sail started I didn’t know where I was going. I hated most of it and it was only the last couple of lessons that I started to enjoy it. 

What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
Hot nachos

Where is your favourite place to sail?
I have been lucky to sail at some really amazing places but Murrays Bay is my favourite.

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing?
Surfing or mountain biking

Who are your role models?
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke 

What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
The competition, making new friends and being able to travel to different parts of the world to complete.

What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the upcoming year?
I hope to perform strongly at the 2019 Youth Worlds in the 420 and also the 420 Open Worlds.

How will you prepare for the Youth Sailing World Championships and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
The boat and sails we use at Youth Worlds are very different to what we normally use so we will be doing lots of training to learn about the different equipment.
We are also sailing in the 420 Open Worlds in Portugal the week before.

What do you hope to achieve in your sailing career?
Go to the Olympics and also compete in the Americas Cup.

What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
When Blake and I won the 420 open worlds last year, I felt really happy that all of our training had paid off.

Teammate: Blake McGlashan

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