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Andrew Blair Tuke MNZM (born 25 July 1989) is a New Zealand sailor who won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics,[1][2] and the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 49er class alongside Peter Burling.[3]

Blair Tuke
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Blair Tuke in Kerikeri 2016
Personal information
Born25 July 1989 (1989-07-25) (age 29)
Kawakawa, New Zealand
Sailing career
Class(es)49er Splash 29er A-class cat AC50 VO65

Tuke with Burling was co-captain of the New Zealand team at the 2016 Olympics.[4] They are just the 4th New Zealand flagbearer to win a gold medal at the same Olympics.[5]

Burling and Tuke won the 2016 Olympics with two races to spare[6] and by an overall 43 point margin[1] – winning by the most points of any sailing class in the Olympics since 1968 (when the modern scoring system started).[7] They finished ahead of the second placed (Australian) boat in 11 of the 13 races, being behind by just three points in race 3 and one point in race 10.

Burling and Tuke were named New Zealand sports Team of the Year at the Halberg Awards in Feb 2017.[8]

At the 2012 London Olympics, Burling and Tuke were the youngest team. Their silver medal was New Zealand's 100th Olympic medal.[9]

Tuke and Burling are the first sailors to win four consecutive 49er class World Championships (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). They won all 28 of the major regattas in the 49er between the London Olympics (2012) and the Rio Olympics (2016). The only 49er regatta they did not win in the four-year period was third place at a short training regatta in July 2016. In 2013, Tuke was a member of the New Zealand team which won the inaugural Red Bull Youth America's Cup.

In November 2015 the International Sailing Federation announced that Tuke and Burling were the ISAF Rolex World Male Sailors of the year.[10]

Burling and Tuke were named as Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sailing in the New Years Honours 2017.[11]

Tuke was a member of Emirates Team New Zealand that won the 35th America's Cup. He sailed on Mapfre in the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race.[12]

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Personal lifeEdit

Tuke attended Riverview Primary School and then Kerikeri High School before going to St Kentigern College in Pakuranga, Auckland. He learned to sail at the Kerikeri High School sailing academy, and the Kerikeri Cruising Club of which he is still a member. Tuke is a qualified electrician.

CareerEdit

Tuke and Burling are the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Champions in the 49er, they also won the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 49er European championships. They won all 28 of the major regattas in the 49er between the London Olympics (2012) and the Rio Olympics (2016) (a record for this Olympic class).[13][14]

Tuke and Burling were awarded the ISAF World Male Sailor of the Year for 2015.[15]

In January 2014 Emirates Team New Zealand announced that it had signed Tuke and Burling for the next America's Cup campaign.[16]

Olympic GamesEdit

  •   2016 – 49er class with Peter Burling [17][1]
  •   2012 – 49er class with Peter Burling

World Championship titlesEdit

  •   2016 – 49er World Champion – Clearwater, Florida, USA (with Peter Burling)[18][19]
  •   2015 – 49er World Champion – Buenos Aires, Argentina (with Peter Burling)[20][21]
  •   2014 – 49er World Champion – Santander, Spain (with Peter Burling)[22]
  •   2013 – 49er World Champion Marseille, France (with Peter Burling)[23]
  •   2009 – 29er World Champion (with Stephen Thomas, Aus)
  •   2006 – Splash World Champion

Other World Championship resultsEdit

  •  3rd – 2018 – 3rd A class catamaran World Championships – Hervey Bay, Australia
  •  2nd – 2014 – 2nd A class catamaran World Championships – Auckland, New Zealand
  •  2nd – 2012 – 2nd 49er World Championships – Croatia (with Peter Burling)[24]
  •  2nd – 2011 – 2nd 49er World Championships – Perth, Australia (with Peter Burling)[25]
  •  2nd – 2007 Volvo Youth ISAF World Championships – 29er Class
  • 6th – 2015 – Moth World Championships – (Australia)
  • 8th – 2013 – A Class World Championships – (USA)
  • 8th – 2007 420 World Championships (Auckland)
  • 9th – 2008 – 29er World Championships
  • 17th – 2010 – 49er World Championships – Bahamas (with Peter Burling)
  • 26th – 2009 – 49er World Championships – Lake Garda, Italy (with Peter Burling)
  • 26th – 2008 – Tornado World Championships

Other achievementsEdit

2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Unbeaten in major 49er regattas worldwide (27 49er regatta victories since London Olympics).[26]

2019 49er regattas:-Edit

2019 7th Princessa Sofia Regatta (sailing with Peter Burling)

2019   3rd World Cup Regatta Genoa (sailing with Peter Burling)

2019   1st 49er Europeans (sailing with Peter Burling)

2017Edit

2017   1st Swan River Match Cup (Perth) – sailing with Peter Burling, Glenn Ashby and Josh Junior.[27]

2016 49er regattasEdit

2016  1st 49er 2016 Olympics with Peter Burling [17][1]

2016   3rd 49er Rio de Janeiro International Sailing week[28]

2016   1st 49er Kieler Woche regatta, Germany (with Peter Burling)[29][30]

2016   1st 49er Sailing World Cup Hyeres regatta, France (with Peter Burling)[31][32]

2016   1st 49er European Championships – Barcelona, Spain (with Peter Burling)[33][34]

2016   1st 49er World Championships – Clearwater, Florida, USA (with Peter Burling)[35][36]

2016   1st 49er NZL Nationals (with Peter Burling)[37]

2016 America's Cup World series regattasEdit

Crewing for Emirates Team New Zealand

2016   1st America's Cup World Series regatta, New York[38]

2016   3rd America's Cup World Series regatta, Oman[39]

2016 4th America's Cup World Series regatta, Chicago[40]

2016 5th Americas Cup World Series regatta, Toulon, France[41]

2015 49er regattasEdit

2015   1st 49er World Champs, Buenos Aires (with Peter Burling)

2015   1st 49er South American Champs, Buenos Aires (with Peter Burling)(Nov[42] 2015)

2015   1st 49er Olympic Test Event, Rio de Janeiro (with Peter Burling)(Aug 2015)[43][44]

2015   1st 49er Rio de Janeiro International sailing week (with Peter Burling)(Aug 2015)[45]

2015   1st 49er Europeans (Porto, Portugal) (with Peter Burling)[46][47][48]

2015   1st 49er ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth regatta (Weymouth, England) (with Peter Burling)[49][50]

2015   1st 49er ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres regatta (Hyeres, France) (with Peter Burling)[51][52][53]

2015   1st 49er Princess Sofia Regatta (Palma, Mallorca) (with Peter Burling)

2015   1st 49er Sail Auckland (with Peter Burling)[54]

2015   1st 49er NZL Nationals (with Peter Burling)[55]

2015 America's Cup World Series regattasEdit

Crewing for Emirates Team New Zealand – overall leader of 2015 America's Cup World Series[56]

2015   2nd America's Cup World Series Bermuda (Oct 2015)[57]

2015   1st America's Cup World Series Gothenburg (Aug 2015)[58][59]

2015   2nd America's Cup World Series Portsmouth[60][61]

2014Edit

2014   1st 49er Intergalactic Championships, Rio de Janeiro (with Peter Burling)[62]

2014   1st 49er South American Championships, Rio de Janeiro (with Peter Burling)[63]

2014   1st 49er Rio International Regatta, Rio de Janeiro (with Peter Burling)[64]

2014   1st 49er European Championships, Helsinki (with Peter Burling)[65][66]

2014   1st 49er Hyeres World cup regatta (with Peter Burling)[67]

2014   1st 49er Mallorca World cup regatta (with Peter Burling)[68]

2013 and previousEdit

2013   1st – Red Bull Youth America's Cup (Tactician for NZL sailing team)[69][70]

2013   1st 49er European Championships (Aarhus, Denmark) (with Peter Burling)[71]

2013   1st 49er Sail Auckland (with Peter Burling)

2010   1st 49er North American Championships (with Peter Burling)

2009 Completed 120 nm Coastal Classic course in 49er (Auckland to Russell) with Peter Burling[72][73]

2009   New Zealand National Youth Matchracing Champion (with Peter Burling and Scott Burling)[74] 2006 wins world championship splash [75]

AwardsEdit

  • Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sailing, 2017 New Year Honours.[76]
  • Finalist, Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2016 (with Peter Burling)[77]
  • ISAF Rolex World Male Sailor of the year 2015 (with Peter Burling)[15]
  • Finalist, Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2014 (with Peter Burling)[78]
  • Yachting New Zealand Sailor of the Year 2013,[79] 2014,[80] 2015,[81] 2016 [82] (with Peter Burling)
  • Finalist Halberg awards (New Zealand), Team of the Year (with Peter Burling) 2012,[83] 2013,[84] 2014,[85] 2015,[86] 2016.[87]
  • Winner, Far North District Council Supreme Sports Award 2009-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17, Top Energy Far North Sportsman of the Year 2016-17 and ASB Code Sailing Award 2016-17.[88][89]
  • Halberg Sports Team of the Year 2016. (with Peter Burling)[8]

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