Top three sailing accomplishments:
- 3rd female team at the 2018 29er Open World Championships
- Qualifying for the 2018 NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team
- Member of the 2016 NZ Optimist North Americans Team
Q & A with Sophia Fyfe
How did you get into sailing?
My parents both grew up sailing and my older brother Tom had started racing Optis down at Murrays Bay so I was encouraged to get into it as well.
What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
Chicken and avocado sushi.
Where is your favourite place to sail?
Murrays Bay, Corpus Christi and Kiel
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing?
Swimming, surfing, paddle boarding and hanging out with friends.
Who are your role models?
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech.
What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
It’s a really challenging high adrenaline boat which always keeps me on my toes.
What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the upcoming year?
Top 10 at the Youth Worlds
To keep learning and improving my skills in the 29er
How will you prepare for the Youth Sailing World Championships and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
- Training 4-5 days a week to improve our boat handling and speed with a group of the NZ 29er teams
- Hit the gym 4-5 days a week to become as fit I can
- Attend Kiel Week, all New Zealand regattas and any Aon Youth clinics on before the Youth Worlds in July
What do you hope to achieve in your sailing career?
- Medal at a Youth Worlds
- Represent NZ at the Olympics in the 49erFX
- To keep learning and have fun out on the water
What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
Representing NZ at the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships. Going racing each day and being the only boat with a New Zealand flag on our sail in the girls fleet was a pretty cool feeling