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Strategist, helmsman, and coach for the winning Team New Zealand


Ray Davies has been professionally sailing for over 23 years, spending most of those with Team New Zealand in a variety of roles including strategist, tactician, helmsman, designer and coach.

In 2021 at the 36th America’s Cup, Ray led the Emirates Team New Zealand to success as their coach - a role he has held previously at the 2017 35th America’s Cup, where Ray worked closely with design teams to formulate the boat that won in Bermuda. The team’s focus was on speed and performance, creating the first foiling boat and using world leading technology and innovation to power the boat with bicycles and PlayStation controllers.
The new innovations have changed the face of sailing forever and helped modernise what is a very traditional sport.

Ray Davies is one of the world’s leading sailors with an impressive list of achievements - The Americas Cup, three Louis Vuitton Cup wins, two Fasten Race wins, three TP52 Series wins, the Admirals Cup, Kenwood Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Sardinia Cup, Maxi World as well as European and World Championships, to name a few.

In Ray’s presentations he covers; the story of what it took to win the America’s Cup, leadership, innovation, people and teams, and coming back from adversity.

Ray came across quite relaxed and engaged the team in his story of TNZ well Bakels Edible Oils
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