Burling and Tuke win NZ sailing award

The 49er combination of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won the New Zealand Sailor of the Year award.

On the award’s 50th anniversary, Burling and Tuke beat off contenders that included two other world championship-winning crews – Olympic 470 champions Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and 49erFX sailors Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech – as well as America’s Cup challengers Team New Zealand.

Among their successes on the water in 2013, Burling and Tuke added the 49er world title to the Olympic silver they took away from last year’s London Olympics.

They were also skipper and tactician on the winning New Zealand yacht at the Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco.

The pair’s next assignment is the Sydney-to-Hobart race, which begins on Boxing Day, when they will be on different boats.

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