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Jack Honey: World Youth Championship Sailor and Future Olympian

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Jack Honey: World Youth Championship Sailor and Future Olympian 

Who is Jack?

Hi, I am Jack Honey, I am 18 years old and am a proud northlander. My parents own and operate several water-based tourism ventures and I have therefore grown up with an interest in water activities, specifically sailing. I have been influenced by passionate and dedicated people including family and friends.


How did you get started in Sailing? How old were you?

I started sailing at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club at a young age, around 6. My sister and I attended a learn to sail program and from there I found the competitive side.


Walk us through the step-by-step process (activities, regattas, etc) that you went through to get to where you are today.

Growing up I have come through all the junior classes competing in lots of national events all around the country, then onto youth classes competing all around the world representing New Zealand as apart of the yachting New Zealand youth sailing team

(Nacra 15), I have also represented Spain in a world championships (29er), and well as representing Malta also in a 29er. Now going into Olympic classes I look forward to furthering my sailing skills and having the opportunity to work with the best in the world. I look forward to working towards my ultimate goal of representing my country in the Olympics. 


Heading into the next few years, what do you hope to achieve in competitive sailing? And how do you plan to get there?

My long term goal is to represent my country at the Olympics and in future America’s Cup Teams. 


What ‘puts the wind in your sails’, so to speak? 

I love to meet new people and see new places and I love the adrenaline rush that comes with fast and competitive sailing. I like the technical side involving boat set up and tuning, I also enjoy the strategic side of racing, taking into account the variable conditions, etc. Sailing is a very physical sport and I take pride in keeping fit and active. Representing sailing as a code in sporting is a pleasure and would love to have the opportunity to do this at an Olympic level.


What was the best piece of advice/guidance given to you when you were starting out as a young sailor? 

To also have a passion outside of sailing (know your identity), have good habits, having good processes that will set you up for the day. Resilience, don’t give up, push on.


If a child walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be? (If different to above) 

Sailing is a competition on who makes the least amount of mistakes.


What kind of support have you got and how did you get it?

I have been lucky enough to have support from my family and friends as well as great support from my local community. Although having plenty of support through the duration of my youth campaign, going into my Olympic campaign more and more support will be needed. 


How do you juggle your schooling, social life, and sailing?

My sailing has been a big part of my life over the last four years, I have missed a fair amount of school but was able to commit to completing my final year in 2019, on top of that trying to make the best out of my younger years spending time out in the bay with friends and family. 


America's Cup is fast approaching! What are you most looking forward to?

I am excited to see the technology evolve, and to be a part of the action.


- You can support Jack too! Visit his website here and click on the Sponsor page. Help him sail onto a medal podium at the Paris Olympics in 2024! 

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