Growing up in Mairangi Bay on the North Shore in Auckland lent itself to all watersports for Ray and from a young age, sailing became a passion at Murray’s Bay Sailing Club. After finishing school and running his own electrician business, the opportunity arose to jump into the professional sailing scene and there Ray has stayed. He has been a professional sailor now for over 23 years and for the last 17 has been with Emirates Team New Zealand. His roles have varied within the team including strategist, tactician, helmsman, coach and in the Bermuda campaign working closely with the design team to formulate the boat that won. He really enjoys working with the design team to formulate how the boat can gain the most in speed and performance on the water, something the team has had great success in over the years: coming up with many innovations from being the first to create a foiling boat, to powering the boat with bikes and ‘playstation controllers’. Other achievements in Ray’s career include winning the Volvo Ocean Race, Sydney to Hobart, Admirals Cup, TP52 series and in 2018 the RC44 series. Sailing will always be a huge part of Rays daily life enjoying windsurfing and sailing his moth to keep his time on the water enjoyable whilst working hard to help create the next America’s Cup boat to defend the cup in 2021 in Auckland.