Mike Sanderson

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Mike Sanderson
Personal information
Birth name Mike Sanderson
Nickname(s) Moose
Nationality New Zealand
Born (1971-05-29) 29 May 1971 (age 45)
Whangarei, New Zealand
Website Mike-Sanderson.com
Sport Sailing

Mike Sanderson (born 29 May 1971) is a New Zealand sailor. Perhaps best known for being awarded the prestigious ISAF World Sailor of the Year Award for winning the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race as skipper of ABN Amro I.[1] At 35 years old, he became the youngest skipper to ever win a Volvo Ocean Race in the 2005-2006 edition of the race. (Lionel Péan had previously won the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1986, aged 29).[2]

From 2007 to 2010 he was Team Director of Team Origin, a potential British challenger for the 2013 America's Cup.

He returned to skipper Team Sanya (the Irish-Chinese entry in the race) in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. The boat, formerly known as Telefónica Blue in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, has been plagued with instrument and hull failures.[3] As of 30 March 2012 the boat is currently being shipped to Miami to be repaired so it can rejoin the race in Leg 7.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006 he married British round-the-world yachtswoman Emma Richards in Cowes, UK.[5]