Ray Davies
Emirates Team New Zealand
 
While perhaps not a household name in NZ, amongst the international sailing fraternity Ray Davies is one of New Zealand’s most respected and sought after sailors.
 
He has competed in multiple Volvo Ocean Races and America’s Cups. He was on the second–placed “Merit Cup” in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race.  He then sailed with America One in the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup, before helming the winning “Illbruck Challenge” in the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race.  He joined Team New Zealand as part of their weather team for the 2003 America’s Cup and was a member of New Zealand’s after guard for both the 2007 and 2013 America’s Cup.
 
Ray has recently returned to New Zealand from the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda where he was Team New Zealand’s Head Coach, Team Tactician and the backup helmsman for Peter Burling.  He was instrumental in the development of “Aotearoa” as he handled the syndicate’s test boats while Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were away building up for the Rio Olympics.
 
 
In skipper Glen Ashby’s words “Ray is a bloody good yachtie, he’s no stranger to high-performance sailing. He basically developed a lot of the systems right the way through from day one … so he’s up to speed completely with how everyone operates”.  More important though, Ray played an integral part in building the very strong team culture which enabled Team New Zealand to persevere against all odds throughout the 2017 campaign, to bring home the America’s Cup.