SAILOR – FLIGHT CONTROLLER

BLAIR TUKE

Helmet Number: 77
Age: 31
Number of America’s Cups: 2
Favourite place of New Zealand: Far North

Career Highlights
2017 America’s Cup Winner with Emirates Team New Zealand
2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race – 2nd place
2016 Olympics, Rio – Gold Medal 49er
2012 Olympics, London – Silver Medal 49er
6x 49er World Champion

 

Born in the Far North of New Zealand in 1989, Blair started sailing at the age of 11. After a second place in the 29er at the Youth Worlds in 2007 he teamed up with Peter Burling in 2008. Together they won 4 consecutive World Championships in the 49er and all 28 of the major regattas in the 49er between the London Olympics (2012) and the Rio Olympics (2016) – a record for this Olympic class. Blair and Pete won the Gold Medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics in London in the 49er. 

In January 2014 Blair signed with Emirates Team New Zealand for the 35th America’s Cup and being, among other things, the flight controller onboard the AC50, he played a key role in winning the Cup. Soon after bringing back the Cup to New Zealand he jumped onboard MAPFRE for the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race closing in 2nd position.