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Peter Burling

49er (helm)
Hometown: 
Tauranga
Date of birth: 
Tuesday, January 1, 1991

Peter Burling is one of the most remarkable sailors of the modern era and in 2017 added America’s Cup-winning helmsman to his already impressive CV.

Few should be surprised because of what he has already achieved in the sport but, at 26, he was the youngest person to ever helm a winning America’s Cup team and it helped him claim the prestigious World Sailor of the Year award. Peter soon identified his next challenge and was picked up by Team Brunel for their Volvo Ocean Race campaign. 

In 2008, Peter became New Zealand’s youngest ever Olympic sailor when he finished 11th in China with Carl Evans in the men’s 470 at just 17 years of age. He soon teamed up with Blair Tuke in the 49er and the pair went on to win silver at the 2012 London Olympics, New Zealand's 100th Olympic medal.

Their special partnership went to another level after that and they were almost unbeatable in the four years between London and the 2016 Rio Olympics (they didn't win only one regatta they attended in this time). They won four consecutive world titles (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and dominated the 49er racing at Rio under the guidance of coach Hamish Willcox. The pair won by a mammoth 43 points, the biggest winning margin in any Olympics regatta since the modern scoring system was introduced in 1968.

 

Career Highlights

  • 2017 World Sailor of the Year
  • 2017 Moth world championships - 2nd
  • 2017 America's Cup winner
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games - 1st
  • 2016 Kieler Woche - 1st
  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 1st
  • 2016 49er & 49erFX European Championships - 1st
  • 2016 49er World Championships - 1st

  • 2015 49er World Championships - 1st

  • 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 Championhips - 1st
  • 2014 49er World Champions
  • 2014 Olympic Test Event, Rio - 1st 
  • 2014 49er European Championships - 1st
  • 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 1st 
  • 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - 1st 
  • 2013 New Zealand Sailor of the Year
  • 2013 49er World Championships - 1st
  • 2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup champion 
  • 2013 49er European Championships - 1st
  • 2012 London Olympics - 2nd
  • 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 Championships - 1st
  • 2008 Beijing Olympic Games 470 Class – 11th
  • 2007 420 World Championships - 1st
  • 2006 420 World Championhips - 1st