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Peter Burling & Blair Tuke (NZL)

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Name Peter Burling & Blair Tuke
Nation New Zealand
Date of Birth PB - 1 January 1991, BT - 25 July 1989
Place of Birth PB - Tauranga, NZL, BT - Kawakawa, NZL
Class sailed 49er
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New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been a class above the rest in the 49er demonstrating exceptional teamwork, athletic prowess and drive that cannot be rivalled. Over the nomination period the Kiwis brushed aside their challengers with ease, finding an edge that many can only dream of. They took their first world title in Marseille, France in 2013 and in their defence of the title at the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds they crushed the opposition, sealing gold with a 46 point margin.

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Achievements between 1 September 2013 and 21 September 2014

Major achievements

World Championship
1 - Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Santander, ESP - Sep 2014
1 - 49er World Championship, Marseille, FRA - Sep 2013
ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - ISAF SWC Hyeres, FRA - Apr 2014
1 - ISAF SWC Mallorca, ESP - Mar 2014
100 Point Regatta
1 - 49er European Championship Helsinki, FIN - Jul 2014

#5 ISAF World Sailing Rankings (counting 5 from a possible 6 results)

1 - 2014 Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta, Rio de Janeiro, BRA - Aug 2014
3 - Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg, RUS - June 2014
3 - Extreme Sailing Series Qingdao, Qingdao, CHN - May 2014
1 - Red Bull Youth America's Cup - Peter (helm) and Blair (Tactics)
Signed with ETNZ America's Cup Team

2 - Auckland to Fiji Race (50 ft canting keel division) - Jun 2014
1 - A-Class New Zealand Nationals, Takapuna NZL - Feb 2014
3 - A-Class Worlds, Takapuna NZL - Feb 2014
2 - Rolex Sydney Hobart, Pretty Fly3, IRC Division 0 - Dec 2013
2 - NZ Match Racing Nationals, - Nov 2013 (tactician)
10 - Moth Worlds, Kaneohe, USA - Oct 2013
2 - China Cup, CHN - Oct 2013 (tactician, Beneteau 40.7)

1 - Auckland to Fiji Race (50 ft canting keel division) - Jun 2014
2 - A-Class Worlds, Takapuna NZL - Feb 2014
5 - Rolex Sydney Hobart, Zefiro, IRC Division 1 - Dec 2013


What inspired you to take up sailing?

PB - When I was young, my parents got my brother an old wooden Optimist which we enjoyed sailing in the estuary near our home. I think the main thing is that I had fun sailing back then and I continue to have fun with it today.
BT - I grew up on the Kerikeri Inlet, Literally 50m from the water so it was natural that I enjoyed being on the water. To begin with I just enjoyed being on the water, the racing came later.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

PB - A well-used wooden Optimist when I was about 6
BT - I was 11, I sailed a P Class that my parents bought for me as a Christmas present.

Name your first sailing club

PB - Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club
BT - Kerikeri Cruising Club

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

PB - Local Tauranga regatta in 1999 when I was 8
BT - I sailed the secondary schools team racing nationals for Kerikeri High School 2002.

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

PB - 2013 and 2014 49er World Champion. Silver medal 49er London Olympics age 21. My first world titles at age 15 and 16 in the 420.
BT - 2013 and 2014 49er World Champion. Silver medal 49er London Olympics. 29er World Champions 2009

What are your future sailing goals?

PB - Winning the Olympic gold in Rio and bringing the Americas Cup back to NZ
BT - Olympic Gold 2016. Win the Americas Cup. Win the Volvo Ocean Race

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

PB - My parents. They bought my brother and me our first boats. My father ran a learn-to-sail program at our yacht club so we would have mates to sail with. Dad also continues to help us out in all our different campaigns.
BT - I have had a lot of people who have helped me along the way. Which I am very grateful for.

Who is your sailing hero?

PB - The sailors at my local yacht club when I was a kid. They gave up their time to run races and helped me learn the basics. I would have never been able to get to where I am today without them.
BT - Anyone who pushes the boundaries of what is considered normal in sailing.

What other sports do you enjoy?

PB - Cycling, kiteboarding, Surfing, Fishing
BT - As a kiwi you grow up to love rugby. There days when I'm not sailing I like to surf, if the surf is flat then I will be free diving/spear fishing.

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

PB - To be nominated for ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year is a huge honour. I've really enjoyed my year's sailing - competing in a variety of events and classes. Recognition such as this nomination, is the last thing on my mind when I am sailing, but it certainly feels humbling to have our successes this year acknowledged. New Zealand has a very proud sailing history with a number of great sailors having won this award in the past. To win it and follow it their footsteps would be a great honour.
BT - It's a great honour to be nominated for this award. So many great names are on that trophy. We don't sail to try and win these awards, we sail because we enjoy it and like to try and win races but in saying that, it is nice to get recognised for what has been an awesome year for us. A lot of sailors I look up to have their names on that trophy.
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