While Peter Burling, Glen Ashby and Blair Tuke were the public stars of the recent America’s Cup, the real heroes of the win were the team in the shed who put the boat back together after it nosedived in Bermuda.
These were the boat builders, the designers, engineers and the carbon fibre laminators. They had a big day, making rush repairs to the boat even before the race they capsized in. They worked all night and had Aotearoa in winning shape in time for the next raceday.
The team on shore had as much to do with Team NZ winning as any sailor in action in Bermuda. They demonstrate why the New Zealand boatbuilders and the industry here is held in such high regard globally.
NZ marine industry is growing and jobs are too
The New Zealand marine industry is worth around $1.6 billion annually, and is highly rated worldwide for its quality boats including sailing and motor super yachts, trailer boats and launches. This means there are a growing number of jobs and careers in the industry.
The marine industry apprentice training scheme currently has around 500 apprentices employed and is regarded as a world leader. Kiwi apprentice boat builders and sailmakers are in demand around the globe.
In addition, specialist trades such as spar makers, riggers, electronics, hydraulics, marine engineers, and more have contributed to New Zealand’s international reputation as a centre of marine excellence.
America’s Cup win means even more work coming our way
New Zealand is the centre for America’s Cup boatbuilding. In 2013 not only ETNZ but the Italian challenger Luna Rossa and winner Oracle were all constructed here. This year Artemis, Groupama, Softbank Japan and Oracle, plus Team NZ’s winning boat, were all largely constructed here. For an America’s Cup boat, you need to come to NZ!
This means lots of work in lots of roles for young people wanting to get into the marine industry. On the shore, on the water, building boats, repairing engines, skippering boats, crewing on superyachts, designing electronics or even plush boat interiors – there are so many opportunities out there. Where to start looking? Your best start point is NZ Marine and Composites, the industry training organisation.