Peter Burling, current Engineering student and a 2012 London Olympics silver medallist, skippered New Zealand to victory in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup regatta in San Francisco.
The first event of its kind, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup uses the same AC45 catamarans used in the America’s Cup series, offering talented sailors an opportunity to gain experience needed to contribute to a Cup team.
Talented is certainly a description that suits Peter, having won gold in the 49er class at the European Championships in July, following on from the silver medal win at last year’s London Olympics, both with sailing partner Blair Tuke.
Peter was also announced as one of the first recipients of the Mahé Drysdale Sports Support Fund, which provided financial support for Peter to compete at the European Championships.
“This is a fantastic result for Peter, and for New Zealand, and hopefully a sign of things to come,” says Louis Rattray, Director for Sport and Recreation at The University of Auckland.
“The University is proud of Peter’s achievements to date and look forward to seeing how his talented sailing career progresses from here.”
Peter will have little time to celebrate his America’s Cup success – he heads to France to compete in the 2013 49er and 49erFX World Championships, and then on to Hawaii to compete in the 2013 McDougall-McConaghy Moth Worlds.