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Peter Burling

Men's Skiff- 49er
Hometown: 
Tauranga
Date of birth: 
Tuesday, January 1, 1991

At the helm of New Zealand’s 49er skiff crew is Peter Burling who will sailed in his third Olympic Games in 2016.

In 2008 Peter became New Zealand’s youngest ever Olympic sailor when he finished 11th in Qingdao, China in the Men’s 470 class at just 17 years of age. 

Subsequently pairing with his current sailing partner Blair Tuke, and switching to the 49er skiff, Peter won Olympic silver for New Zealand at London 2012. It was New Zealand’s 100th Olympic medal.

Since then Peter and Blair have amassed an incredible run of victories in the 49er class including four consecutive World Championship titles in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The pair is coached by Hamish Willcox

Peter, who hails from the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club, combines Olympic campaigning with his responsibilities as a key member of Emirates Team New Zealand America’s Cup campaign.

Peter and Blair are coached by Hamish Willcox

Career Highlights

  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games - Gold
  • 2016 Kieler Woche - 1st
  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 1st
  • 2016 49er & 49erFX European Champion
  • 2016 49er World Champion

  • 2015 49er World Champion

  • 2015 49er South American Championships - 1st 

  • 2015 Olympic Test Event Rio - 1st 

  • 2015 49er European Championships - 1st 

  • 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth - 1st

  • 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 1st

  • 2015 Princess Sofia Regatta - 1st 
  • 2015 International Moth World Champion
  • 2014 49er World Champions
  • 2014 Olympic Test Event, Rio - 1st 
  • 2014 49er European Champions
  • 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 1st 
  • 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - 1st 
  • 2013 New Zealand Sailor of the Year
  • 2013 49er World Champion
  • Red Bull Youth America's Cup Champions (2013 San Francisco)
  • 2013 49er European Champion
  • 2012 Olympic Silver Medal London Games
  • 2012 49er World Championships – 2nd
  • 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – 2nd
  • 2011 Sail Melbourne – 3rd
  • 2011 Weymouth and Portland Pre-Olympics- 3rd
  • 2011 Delta Lloyd Regatta- 3rd
  • 2010 Sail Melbourne 2nd
  • 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta – 2nd
  • 2010- North American 49er Champions
  • 2008 Beijing Olympic Games 470 Class – 11th
  • 2007 420 World Champion
  • 2006 420 World Champion

Teammate

Blair Tuke