Patrick Haybittle

Boy's RS:X
Date of birth: 
Thursday, October 29, 1998

Top three sailing accomplishments:

  • Two time New Zealand National Windsurfing Champion (Under 17 techno and Youth RSX)
  • Two time ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship representative for New Zealand in the RSX (2014, 2016)
  • First New Zealander to win the New Caledonian Optimist Nationals

Q & A with Patrick

Q: How did you get into sailing?
A: In 2008 my parents decided to begin building a 17ft trailer cruiser. As my family had very little sailing expereince we decided to learn to sail. I really enjoyed it and kept going back. After gaining the basics on a small lake in Christchurch I moved up to start racing at the Waimakarere Yacht and Powerboat Club. We later found out that, that the same year the nationals were going to be in Lyttelton. So I trained up and competed in the green fleet. After winning this event my love for sailing was set.

Q: Favourite thing to eat after a long day on the water?
A: Hamburger

Q: Favourite place to sail?
A: Civitavecchia, Italy

Q: Who are your role models?
A: Dorian van Rijsselberghe

Q: What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?
A: The speed and challenge that comes with it. Having to think fast

Q: What do you hope to achieve in the upcoming year?
A: A podium finish at the Aon Youth Sailing World Championships

Q: How will you prepare for the Youth Worlds and which regattas will you be attending in the lead-up?
A: I will travel to Japan to train with the Japenese youth sailors. I will also train with the Dutch in New Zealand in early December.

Q: What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date, and tell us how you felt?
A: Becoming the first New Zealander to win the New Caledonian Optimist Nationals would have been my proudest monent as I had not only won a national event, but had done so as the first kiwi in New Caledonia. It made me feel ecstatic as I felt I had created history in a way as that was my goal and I had pursued it.