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the live ocean racing team IS A STELLAR LINE UP of kiwi sailors who champion action for the ocean

Growing up in rural New Zealand, Liv’s relationship with the ocean started at the age of nine, learning to sail at Napier Sailing Club.  Moving to Auckland to pursue an Olympic Campaign in the Nacra 17 class, Liv has won the U23 World Champs, RedBull Foiling Generation and completed a degree in Accounting and International Business.  Liv is currently an integral member of the New Zealand SailGP Team and a proud Ocean Champion representing Live Ocean on the world stage.

LIV MACKAY

SKIPPER

Erica grew up sailing at Murrays Bay Sailing Club in Auckland, New Zealand. Her achievements include 2nd at the World Sailing Cup Melbourne 2015, bronze at the Enoshima Olympic Week 2017 and gold at the NZ 49erFX championships 2018. Erica is currently campaigning for the Paris 2024 Olympics in the Nacra17, and is a member of the New Zealand SailGP Team. Spending time on the ocean is her happy place and she’s keen to do her part in championing action for a healthy ocean.

ERICA DAWSON

SAILOR

Jo was inspired to take up sailing by the late Sir Peter Blake and Team New Zealand’s 1995 Americas Cup win. Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2013, Jo is a three-time Olympian, winning gold in London and silver in Rio with Polly Powrie in the 470 class. World Sailing Athletes Commission Chair and World Sailing Board Member, she has also recently coached the NZ Nacra 17 team at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Jo is currently campaigning for Paris 2024 in the 49erFX with Molly Meech. She spends every spare moment on the ocean, be it FX Sailing, wing foiling, Moth sailing or stand-up paddleboarding.

JO ALEH

SAILOR

Alex is a kiwi sailor who loves racing and the ocean. Growing up onboard a keelboat first ignited her passion for the sport and the environment. Alex’s achievements include 3rd overall and 1st female at the World Champs in Optis 2007, 29er Youth Worlds Silver medal, 420 Worlds Gold medal. Teaming up with Molly Meech the pair won gold at FX Worlds 2013, 3rd at the 2017 Worlds, and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 49erFX. She holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology and enjoys pursuing all forms of sailing. The ocean is her happy place and she’s keen to do her part to make sure it’s healthy for future generations to enjoy too.

ALEX MALONEY

SAILOR

Molly has been sailing the 49er for the past ten years. Teaming up with Alex Maloney, the pair won gold at FX Worlds 2013, 3rd at the 2017 Worlds, and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 49erFX. Currently partnered with Jo Aleh, Molly is working towards Paris 2024. The ocean has been a massive part of her life – from growing up on their family yacht to now living and working on or around it most days. Currently studying a master’s in environmental sustainability, Molly is keen to make sure we can protect and restore our incredible ocean and planet for future generations.

MOLLY MEECH

SAILOR

Serena is a young kiwi sailor that grew up sailing around Waiheke Island and in the Hauraki Gulf. It was spending time there that her appreciation and passion for the ocean grew. Her sailing background is predominantly in Match Racing and Keelboat sailing in which she has won multiple National and International titles including the NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals, Centreport International and the NZ Woman’s Match Race Championships. She was selected for a 2020 Youth Americas Cup team representing the RNZYS. Currently, Serena is competing in the 69F Sailing Youth Foiling Gold Cup and the Women’s Match Racing World Tour. She’s excited to race with Live Ocean, promoting their message alongside her passion for positive ocean action. 

 

SERENA WOODALL 

SAILOR

Helena’s journey as a sailor and passion for the ocean began at the same time. Learning to sail in the Bay of Islands she started in Opti’s and the P class before transitioning to the youth classes of 29er and Nacra 15. Competing at the 2019 youth worlds in the Nacra 15, she also had the amazing experience of skippering the Nacra 17 in the 2019 open worlds and 2020 open worlds placing 2nd and 3rd U23 respectively. She is a first-year student studying a BSc in environmental sciences at AUT. As a sailor who spends more days on the water than off, she has a strong connection and deep appreciation for the ocean and wants to help be a part of the change that keeps the ocean healthy. 

HELENA SANDERSON

SAILOR

Growing up in Tauranga, Jason learnt to sail aged nine at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. His achievements include winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup as trimmer, 5th at the London Olympics in the 470, and 4th at the Rio Olympics in the Nacra17. Jason competed with the SailGP New Zealand Team in Italy and UK, and the US team in Denmark. He is currently a member of the Swiss team going into season 3 as flight controller. Aside from sailing, he loves playing squash, wing foiling and biking in his spare time.

JASON SAUNDERS

SAILOR / Coach

Peter is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished sailors, a champion across all yachting genres and on a mission to champion the restoration and protection of the ocean.

Peter’s list of sailing achievements spans Olympic gold and two silver medals, nine World Championship titles (six in the 49er class) and winning America’s Cup campaigns. He says there wasn’t a ‘single moment’ when he realised he had to do something for the health of the ocean but it was more of a growing consciousness. This was fuelled by the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race. He firmly believes in the ability for New Zealanders to be world leaders in this space. A member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Peter has also twice been crowned World Sailor of the Year. A cool and unruffled helmsman he demonstrates an innate understanding of wind and sea. Peter continues to strive for perfection on the racecourse, through Olympic and America’s Cup campaigns and now with SailGP, the global series raced in F50 catamarans. Along with sailing partner Blair Tuke, he’s begun a new challenge as co-CEO of the New Zealand SailGP team. With this, he has melded his passion for sailing with his determination to help safeguard the oceans and raise awareness of their importance to the health of the planet, through Live Ocean.

PETER BURLING

FOUNDER

Blair’s love of the ocean has driven both his remarkable sailing career and his environmental mission to preserve it for future generations.

With six 49er World Championship titles to his name, Olympic gold and two silver medals, Blair has never been afraid to step out of a 49er skiff and into new and challenging sailing environments.​​ He’s sailed around the globe, finishing second in a down-to-the-wire finish in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race on MAPFRE. And he’s twice won the America’s Cup, as the flight controller on Emirates Team New Zealand’s revolutionary foiling catamaran in Bermuda in 2017 and defending the Cup on home waters in New Zealand in 2021. In 2021 he has taken a new tack, leading the New Zealand team as joint CEO with long time sailing partner Peter Burling in SailGP, the global league raced in F50 catamarans. They have also won another silver medal for Aotearoa at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. A Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and World Sailor of the Year, Blair is also committed to the ocean conservation charity Live Ocean he’s founded with Peter. As a keen freediver and surfer, Blair has always put the ocean first. He’s only too well aware how much it has given him and understands the importance of protecting and restoring the ocean for future generations.

BLAIR TUKE

FOUNDER

Hannah has worked in the environmental NGO/non-profit sector in New Zealand for over a decade, with a focus on building environmental leadership and engagement. She has experience in programme development and delivery, working collaboratively across sectors. 

With a life-long love of the ocean and passion for adventure, it is unsurprising that Hannah’s career has seen her traverse much of New Zealand’s ocean space, including voyages to Rangitahua the Kermadecs and the Sub-Antarctic with the Young Blake Expeditions programme which she created and led at BLAKE. She also worked as a Science Communication Fellow with the Ocean Exploration Trust for two seasons of their Caribbean Sea expeditions.

Hannah holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Auckland, and in 2019 completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Law – with a focus on ocean health and the Law of the Sea.

Hannah takes every opportunity to be near, in, on, or under the water. She is highly motivated to ensure that the health of our oceans is safeguarded, and restored, so that future generations may enjoy them as much as we have.

HANNAH PRIOR

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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