Andrew Estcourt started sailing Optimists in Napier, New Zealand, when he was eight years old, continued through the dinghy circuit, winning the Tanner Cup in 1990, and regularly competed in regattas all over the country. Andrew is a graduate of the prestigious RNZYS youth program, where he skippered a team to victory in the 1994 Governor's Cup. In 2003, after a stint in Olympic classes in which Andrew campaigned a 49er with crew Jon Bilger, Andrew became part of the OneWorld America's Cup campaign in Auckland. This experience gave him valuable exposure to all areas of a major sailing program. After the OneWorld campaign, Andrew sailed the World Match Racing Tour and other keelboat circuits.
Andrew's success in small keelboats goes back a long way to Melges 24s and larger one-design classes such as Melges 32s, Farr 40s, and RC44s. Today, most people think of Andrew as a mainsheet trimmer who is able to help owners and helms get the best performance out of their boats.
One of the original crew onboard the successful RC44 Team Aqua, Andrew's winning resume includes five tour championships and world titles, making him one of the sport’s leading trimmers. His extensive knowledge has made a significant impact on teams in the TP52 Super Series.
More recently, Andrew has been focused on the RC44 and TP52 classes, in which he's benefited from involvement with Quantum's iQ technology. "The information flow and technology with Quantum is topnotch, and I am looking forward to working more closely with the company." Andrew's knowledge of a number of competitive platforms gives him the perfect background and education to help sailors with their sail design needs.