Sacred Heart College student Sebastian Lardies is on course to be the country’s next America’s Cup helmsman.
The 17-year-old was crowned New Zealand’s most recent national champion in yachtings 29er class earlier this month.
However, winning the national title wasn’t what surprised Lardies most.
A quick glance at the trophy showed the name of Team New Zealand America’s Cup trimmer and cyclor and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Blair Tuke.
Just below him, was 2016 Olympic silver medallists Molly Meech and Alex Maloney.
Being in such prolific company was what really put it into perspective, Lardies said.