Top three sailing accomplishments:
- 2022 NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team trials winner
- 2022 NZ Laser National Championships - 1st youth female
- 2018 & 2019 NZL Optimist Team
Q & A with Teaghan
How did you get into sailing?
When I was 7, my brother had a keen interest in sailing. So, with that in mind my parents decided to put both of us into a learn to sailing holiday programme.
What is your favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
A good pasta dish. My absolute favourite would have to be a chicken and mushroom pasta with creamy sauce topped with avocado.
Where is your favourite place to sail?
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing?
Surfing or playing hockey.
Who are your role models?
The people I most look up to in my laser sailing, would have to be Rosie Chapman (past coach), Annabelle Rennie-Younger and Olivia Christie.
My role model would have to be Anne-Marie Rindom, a women's laser sailor from Denmark.
What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
Sailing fast, on a downwind, in big waves with plenty of wind surfing down the waves getting maximum speed.
What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the upcoming year?
I hope to improve my fitness to maximise my speed, to reach my full potential giving myself the best chance to do well at the youth worlds. After the youth worlds, I aim to continue my training, building on the learnings I make from the worlds to use in future overseas events.
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 I am aiming to improve my fitness and speed.
What do you hope to achieve in your sailing career?
My ultimate goal would be to some day make it to the Olympic Games.
What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
My proudest moment of my sailing to date would definitely be leading the laser fleet at the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta to the top mark on the last race of the last day. I have never been that far ahead before. I was nervous and excited. I hope to do it again when it counts.