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Fourth national award for Burling and Tuke

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/11/2016

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have capped a hectic and triumphant 2016 by being crowned Yachting New Zealand sailors of the year.

It is the fourth successive year the pair have claimed the sport's top gong in New Zealand, having clinched a dominant gold in the 49er class at the Rio Olympics.

No sailor or crew has won the award more than twice in succession since it was introduced in 1963.

In the nomination period they won two 49er world championship titles before finishing 43 points clear of their rivals in Rio, the biggest winning margin across all the classes.

Burling and Tuke were also involved in America's Cup world series racing as Team New Zealand stepped up their preparation to challenge for the Auld Mug next year in Bermuda.

Coach of the year was David Slyfield from High Performance Sport New Zealand, who assisted with several Olympic campaigns, including the 49er men and women's 470 silver medallists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie.

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