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New Zealand Sailing Team

Zhik is the technical clothing partner for the NZ sailing team athletes and coaches, partnered since 2014. New Zealand sailing has a proud tradition of success, highlighted by the record-equalling four medals won at the 2016 Rio Olympics. NZ Olympians Josh Junior and Molly Meech have a strong involvement in the testing and feedback process with Zhik’s design team, providing valuable insight into the performance and comfort required on the water. 

The New Zealand Sailing Team comprises of a range of programs which captures sailors from professional Olympic medalists through to up-and-coming youth sailors looking to hone their skills on the water. Below the high-performance program, which is made up of the best Olympic class sailors in the country, is the Olympic Development Squad, AON Fast Track and youth programs which support sailors through coaching and training, along with competition and support services to allow them to flourish. 

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NATIONAL SAILING TEAM

ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO YOUNG SAILORS AIMING FOR THE TOP LEVEL?

Andy Maloney – Finn sailor 

“Just make sure that you enjoy it and keep working hard along the way. Not everything is going to go your way but as long as you are enjoying it, it will be a cool experience.” 

Oscar Gunn – 49er crew 

“You really need to enjoy it to enjoy it. You do spend a lot of hours around the boat park and out on the water training, so make sure that you do enjoy it when you start out and then be willing to put in the hours of hard work.” 

 

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FAVOURITE ZHIK GEAR?

Josh Junior – Finn sailor 

“My favourite item is the microfleece skiff suit, it is a bit of a necessity for the finn especially when you start hiking. The hard thing about the Finn is that they are very physical, and you have to hike a lot so the legs definitely pay for it.” 

Logan Dunning Beck – 49er skipper 

“I normally go for the zSkin top, it’s pretty warm for how thin, light and comfortable it is as well as being a great looking piece of kit.” 

Oscar Gunn – 49er crew 

“When its windy the PFD with KOLLITION™ always comes on. Its nice and warm with good padding. If its cold, wet and windy, that one is on for sure.”