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William McKenzie

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49er (crew)
William McKenzie

Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie are looking to break through into the top tier of 49er sailors over the next couple of years after making significant strides in recent times. 

The pair won two world titles in 2019 - the under-23 49er world championships and Red Bull Foiling Generation world finals - and also finished an impressive 11th at the 2019 49er world championships in Auckland. They were also second at the World Cup Series in Genoa earlier in the year.

But they're ready to re-establish themselves on the international stage after a couple of years disrupted by Covid and go into the European season on the back of their victory at this year's Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta and second-placed finish at the 49er national championships.

McKenzie, like many Kiwi kids, initially started sailing in an Optimist and went to the 2012 Optimist world championships in the Dominican Republic.

Isaac McHardie and Will McKenzie

Career highlights

  • 2022 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 1st
  • 2022 49er national championships - 2nd
  • 2020 49er world championships - 19th
  • 2019 49er world championships - 11th
  • 2019 Enoshima Olympic Week - 16th
  • 2019 Kiel Week - 11th
  • 2019 under-23 49er world championships - 1st
  • 2019 Red Bull Foiling Generation world finals - 1st
  • 2019 49er European Championships -15th
  • 2019 World Cup Series Genoa - 2nd
  • 2019 Princess Sofia Regatta - 35th
  • 2019 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 2nd
  • 2018 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 7th
  • 2017 Sail Sydney - 4th
  • 2017 Enoshima Olympic Week - 10th
  • 2017 Gamagori World Cup - 5th
  • 2017 49er world championships - 28th
  • 2017 49er European championships - 38th
  • 2015 Zhik 29er UK national championships in Wales - 3rd
  • 2015 Zhik 29er world championships in Wales - 11th
  • 2012 Optimist world championships in Dominican Republic - 34th

Teammate: Isaac McHardie