|Height||170cm / 5’6”||Nationality||Australia|
|Weight||75kg / 165lbs||Hometown||Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia|
For Season 2, Ayden Menzies makes the transition from shore team member, where he was responsible for managing the wingsail, to on-water athlete, taking on the role of wing trimmer for the Japan SailGP Team.
After a narrow defeat in the final match race to the Australians in Marseille, Nathan Outteridge’s Japanese crew will be hungry to avenge last season’s second-place finish and challenge for the overall title and US$1 million prize.
Growing up on the shores of Lake Macquarie, Australia, it was inevitable that Menzies’ life would revolve around the water, and his love of sailing began at a young age.
Menzies had early success across a range of youth classes, but it was when he teamed up with Outteridge that he was able to take his sailing to the next level – and a long-term friendship was formed. At the age of 16, Menzies represented Australia, alongside Outteridge, at the Youth World Sailing Championships winning gold in the 29er class.
The following year the pair backed it up winning a second gold medal, this time in the 420 class, setting history on a world stage.
Menzies progressed to the larger 470 Olympic class where, under the guidance of ‘medal maker’ Victor Kovalenko, he gained valuable knowledge of what it’s takes to be the best in the world, training with likes of 2008 Olympic gold medallists Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page.
Moving on from Olympic sailing, Menzies shifted his attention to professional sailing and was involved in many different high-performance programs around the world, including joining the Swedish team for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, again alongside Outteridge.
In his spare time, Menzies enjoys kite foiling and sailing on pretty much anything that goes fast. Needless to say, the F50 is right up his alley.