SAILOR

PETER BURLING

Number of America’s Cups: 2

Favourite place of New Zealand: Tauranga

 

Born in New Zealand in 1991, Pete (then aged 21) was the youngest 49er sailor at the 2012 London Olympics and won the silver medal. Rio 2016 Pete was once again the youngest ever 49er Olympic gold medal skipper. He and Blair Tuke won with two races to spare and by an overall 43 point margin. Pete, who was the skipper of the winning boat in the 2013 Red Bull Youth Americas Cup, joined Emirates Team New Zealand in 2014.

In 2017 at the age of 26 he got another record by being the youngest ever helmsman to win an America’s Cup. Soon after bringing back the Cup to New Zealand he jumped onboard Team Brunel for the Volvo Ocean Race closing in 3rd position.