Chris Steele
New Zealand
ISAF Ranking 6
Team: 36 Below Racing
 
Chris is a talented young Kiwi skipper, a product of the powerhouse Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron training program. He has been match racing in earnest since 2011. A testament to his talent is a record move up the ISAF rankings in just one year, 2012, from 560 to 62.  In 2013 he headed over to race in the USA. He sailed his way from the west coast, in Governors Cup, took a stop off in Canada for a regatta, moved on to the Grand Slam Series, and ended his season in Bermuda at the Gold Cup, his first WMRT event.  2014 was a similar year capped by his second appearance in WMRT event, the Chicago Cup. 2015 was a busy and successful year, starting out with a win in the ISAF Nations Cup Regional Finals, securing a spot at the 2016 Congressional Cup thanks to his 1st place finish at Ficker Cup, the Grade 2 qualifier, and ending 2016 by winning the New Zealand Match Racing Championships. 

Chris returns this year to shake things up in his third Congressional Cup appearance.

CORE CREW MEMBERS:
Graeme Sutherland - Mainsheet 
Shane Diviney - Trimmer 
Dan Morris - Offside Trim 
Fredrik Aurell - Pit 
Patrick Voss - Bow


7th     Congressional Cup ’15 Long Beach, USA 
6th     Congressional Cup ’16 Long Beach, USA 
1st     New Zealand Match Racing Championship ’16 Waitemata Harbour, NZL 
4th     WMRT Finals ’16 Marstrand, SWE 
5th     WMRT Newport ’16 Newport Harbour, USA 
1st     WMRT Newport Qualifier 2 ’16 Newport Harbour, USA 
15th   WMRT Fremantle ’16 Bathers Beach, Fremantle, AUS 
2nd   Warren Jones International Youth Regatta ’16 Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, AUS