David Barnes (Dies at 62) Biography: Wiki, Age, Sailing Career, Death Cause

Who is David Barnes? David Barnes Bio/Wiki

David John Barnes was a sailor in the New Zealand Cup and a three-time 470 world champion. He was born on 27 April 1958 in Wellington, New Zealand.

David Barnes has died. He was 62.


He was 62 years old.


Barnes, who was born in Wellington, was educated at Tawa College.

Wife And Children

In 1986, he married Karen, and the couple had three children.

Sailing Career

In the 1988 America’s Cup race, Barnes skippered the KZ1 yacht that lost to the United States.

Multiple sclerosis was diagnosed by Barnes. In 2013, he became interested in the 2016 Paralympics with Kiwi Gold Sailing, a group of Paralympians seeking to qualify for a Sonar.


Fellow America’s Cup veteran Rick Dodson was part of the team. Barnes’ condition, however, deteriorated and he retired from the team in 2014.


Death Cause

Barnes Died on 23 October 2020. The death of Barnes was confirmed by Hamish Wilcox,

Willcox said, “David was a very revolutionary thinker,” “He was always thinking outside the box and came up with new concepts no-one had thought of. He was always looking for an advantage and was confident enough to do it himself rather than looking to manufacturers to produce it.

“That is what stood him apart and still does. He was a pioneer. We did not see that happen very often, especially when you come from a far corner of the world like New Zealand. He made significant changes to two Olympic classes and everyone was desperately trying to catch up.”

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