This week, we can see some of the country’s most talented sailors compete in the United States at the youth sailing world championships. The competition is the pinnacle event for sailors of New Zealand since the first event that took place in 1971 has already won them 51 medals out of which 16 are gold, 18 are silver and 17 are bronze.
Some of the top sailors of New Zealand in the past have achieved titles at the same level and some of the names include Tom Ashley, Dean Barker, Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson. In addition, over 50 percent of the existing New Zealand Sailing Team has already been former medal achievers at the Youth Worlds. Sam Meech won gold medal in the Laser event in 2009 and won silver in 2008. Josh Junior won silver medal in 2007, Alex Maloney won silver in 2010 and Blair Tuke won silver in 2007.