Olympic Sailing

NZL 470 Gold and Bronze at Sail for Gold

Jo Aleh and Olivia (Polly) Powrie have won Gold at their Olympic 470 dress rehearsal event, and Paul Snow Hansen with Jason Saunders have achieved bronze.

After a week of tumultuous weather at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth, the sun finally came out and the wind moderated to a perfect 15 knots for the Lasers medal race. It started to build for the following 470 races, and then a fresh 20-22 knots for the RS:X windsurfer in the early afternoon.

Olympians & Paralympians

New Zealand’s first Olympic sailing representatives were Peter Mander and Jack Cropp in 1956 - and they won gold in the Sharpie. Since then, New Zealand has won a total of 22 Olympic medals (9 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze), and are yet to get the country's first Paralympic sailing medal. 

New Zealand is ranked the ninth-best performing Olympic yachting nation ever. This is a great feat, considering New Zealand missed out on the first 56 years of competition - yachting became an Olympic sport in 1900 and has appeared at every Olympic Games since 1908. 

Olympic Sailing

The high performance programme is focused on winning medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

New Zealand has a long history of sailing excellence. Winning an Olympic medal is a life-changing experience and to win one you will need to be ruthless in its pursuit.

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