Andrew McLean (NZL)

Sailing Team / Control Systems & Instrumentation Team Leader


Andrew McLean

Birth Place

Wellington, New Zealand




Isle of Wight


Who inspired you to start sailing
My Dad.
First boat
A Sunburst Dinghy.
First sailing club
Kapiti Boating Club, New Zealand.
Childhood hero
I never really had a childhood hero, but there were plenty of good Kiwi sailors to look up to growing up.
When did you know you wanted sailing to be a career rather than a hobby
While watching the yachts arrive in Auckland during the 1989 Whitbread.
What do you love most about sailing
It is a sport that offers so much variety from intense competition and technical development to cruising the islands with friends.
What has sailing taught you
It has taught me the benefits of hard work and patience.
Favourite ever sailing race
The Volvo Ocean Race, the adventure of circumnavigating the planet.
How do you know when you have good form
When the team is on good form and everyone is working well together manoeuvres happen effortlessly and almost in silence.
How do you keep going when you're on the limit
There is always an underlying drive to be the best, as well as a fear of letting down your team mates both onboard and ashore.
Career highlight
Louis Vuitton Cup win in 2007 with Emirates Team New Zealand.
If you weren't a sailor, what would you be
A mechanical engineer.
Best advice
Work hard and never give up.
What other sports do you play now
Surfing and stand-up-paddle (SUP) boarding.
How do you spend your time when you are not sailing
We travel so much with sailing that I try and spend time at home… but never too far from the water.
Do you support any particular charities
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.
Favourite quote
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Andy Mclean


New Zealander Andrew "Animal" McLean is an experienced inshore and offshore racer. He has campaigned three times for the America’s Cup, twice for his home country New Zealand, and competed in two editions of the global Volvo Ocean Race (VOR).

Most recently he competed in the 2012/ 13 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) and the 30th Louis Vuitton Cup with Artemis Racing, on-board as a grinder and part of the performance and instruments shore team.

He also competed in the last edition of the VOR as Pitman/Trimmer on-board CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, enjoying a second place finish, after making his VOR debut in 2008/09 on-board Green Dragon.

A qualified mechanical engineer, Andrew was also part of the winning 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup team with fellow New Zealander and Land Rover BAR teammates, Jono Macbeth and Ben Ainslie. Andrew also plays a vital role in the Land Rover BAR team as Team Leader of Systems Engineering. 


•2016 - Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series 
2013: 4th – 30th Anniversary of the Louis Vuitton Cup with Artemis Racing, AC72
• 2013: Broke the Round the Island Race multihull record with J.P. Morgan BAR in the AC45
• 2011/ 2012 Volvo Ocean Race with Team Camper, Pitman/Navigator – 2nd
• 2008/ 2009 Volvo Ocean Race with Green Dragon, Pitman/Navigator – 5th
• 2007: Challenger and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand
• 2007: Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand
• 2003: Defender and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand