The world’s oceans have given New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke the chance to accomplish so much at relatively young ages.
Together the New Zealand sailors have won Olympic gold and silver medals; helped their country win and then defend sailing’s greatest prize, the America’s Cup; and recently started a team in SailGP, a global league that features a who’s who of sailing.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: At age 54, cancer survivor Santiago Lange of Argentina became the oldest medalist at the Rio Games when he and crew Cecilia Carranza Saroli won the gold in the Olympic debut of the Nacra 17 mixed catamaran class.
The second regatta in SailGP’s second season will be notable for who’s missing as much as who will be sailing in Taranto, Italy.
The biggest absence will be that of Sir Ben Ainslie, who helmed the British team to victory in the podium race in the opening regatta in Bermuda after Tom Slingsby’s defending champion Australian team dominated the fleet racing.