Blair Tuke, 26, and Peter Burling, 24, of New Zealand, have achieved a lot in their little careers. But yesterday, they were named as the ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year. And, that is easily their biggest achievement till date.
Tauranga’s Burling exclusively spoke to Bay of Plenty Times from Argentina as what it means to win the most esteemed tribute in sailing. Burling told that this was really a very special moment for them and they are really honored to have that this time. There have been some pretty amazing sailors from New Zealand win the award earlier, with the likes of Sir Peter Blake, Mike Sanderson and Russell Coutts. It is quite cool to be up there with those guys.
He added that they did not do it for the honors but they are really very happy with how they have been going of late and it is a special one to win. But it is also a great thing for New Zealand and they have been lucky to have had so many people serve them over the years. Others that have won have managed to serve New Zealand sailing by the time they had ended so hopefully they could do the same.
Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh are the other from New Zealand to have won the prestigious honor. This was the 2nd time that Tuke and Burling have been nominated. They have managed to win twenty-one back to back regattas in the Olympic 49er class since they won silver at the London Olympics in 2012.