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.
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.
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. 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.
Growing up around Auckland’s North Shore meant the ocean and sailing has been a big part of Seb’s life from a young age. Learning to sail at Murrays Bay Sailing Club, Seb progressed through the Optimist, P-Class, 420 and 29er securing national titles in all four classes, bronze in the 29er at the World Sailing Youth Champs, plus 420 Open and Youth Worlds titles. Seb enjoys the challenge of learning new boats which motivated him to try foiling in the WASZP and Moth classes with national titles to his name in both already. When not sailing Seb will be out surfing and spending time in and around the ocean.
From an ocean loving family George started sailing aged 10 moving from the junior classes, where accomplishments included two-time Opti national champion, into skiff sailing in the 29er and 49erFX pairing with Seb Menzies for international success at multiple events. Foiling has captured his attention and in his spare time George wing foils and sails a Moth. George describes the ocean as a huge part of his life and he’s excited to represent Live Ocean Racing with the purpose of a healthy ocean at the core.
GEORGE LEE RUSH
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.
SAILOR / Coach
Andre began sailing on Paremata Inlet in Wellington at the age of 10 inspired by his grandfather who sailed around the world. Moving to Auckland, Andre has competed in a multitude of youth and high- performance sailing classes including 470, 69F and international match racing. He brings experience as a marine electrician, rigger, sail maker and coach. He sees representing Live Ocean Racing as the ultimate opportunity.
ANDRE VAN DAM
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.
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.
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.
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