Windfoiler Aimee Bright of Stanmore Bay successfully defended her national titlelast month and her future looks bright in the sport.
The 16-year-old won the U19 Female category for the second year in a row, when she competed in the Yachting NZ Windfoiling Nationals, hosted by Devonport’s Wakatere Sailing Club last month.
The Stanmore Bay teenager, whose mother is Olympic board sailor Barbara Kendall, also placed third in the Open Women’s event – a significant achievement against experienced competitors.
She raced on an IQ Olympic Foil – the new Olympic class for Paris in 2024.
Wakatere Sailing Club member, Gary Hill (also a founding member of the Windfoil NZ Class Association) says the biggest plus of windfoiling has been retention of teenage sailors – particularly women – in the sport.
Aimee’s success in the Nationals helped earn her a place in the NZ Youth Sailing team which will compete at the Youth Sailing World Championships in The Hague, July 8-15.