Aucklander Adam Minoprio, 25, who together with his ETNZ/BlackMatch crew won the ISAF Match Racing World Championships in Kuala Terengganu last year, is profiled in Malaysia’s Sun Daily. Growing up in a farm in rural New Zealand, Minoprio and his father had to travel to the coast to sail his Optimist (a small, single-handed sailing dinghy). When he was 11, he won the New Zealand Optimist nationals and tasted international sailing in 1997 in Belfast, which set the dye for a career in sailing. In 2002, at the age of 17, Minoprio joined the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Training Programme, where he got his first experience with keelboats. That introduced match racing to the impressionable young man as he competed in youth regattas in Australia and America. Minoprio is widely tipped to head a future America’s Cup campaign for New Zealand.