Biography

Competed in the Finn class in Rome 1960 finishing 6th out of 35 sailors

He was the reserve for the Flying Dutchman in Tokyo when Helmer Pederson and Earle Wells won Gold, and sailed the Flying Dutchman at Mexico City in 1968 finishing 8th out of 30.

Ralph went to the 1984 Olympic Games as Sailing Manager where New Zealand won 3 sailing medals, 2 Gold and 1 Bronze.

At Barcelona 1992, Ralph was appointed as Chef de Mission.

Ralph ROBERTS, whose involvement with yachting spans decades, was one of three leaders in sport presented the SPARC Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony for the inaugural 2009 New Zealand Sport and Recreation Sector Awards. "He is a passionate and dedicated New Zealander who has made an enormous contribution as a sportsman and sports administrator," said Sir Wilson Whineray.

ROBERTS was President of the New Zealand Yachting Federation between 1986 and 1989 and was awarded the MBE for services to yachting and sport in 1993. He is a member of the ISAF Council Review Board as well as ISAF's Youth World Championship Sub-Committee. He is a past winner of numerous National Yachting titles, has been Commodore of the Takapuna Boating Club, is their current President and a Life Member and is a trustee of Harbour Sports. Life Membership to New Zealand yachting was bestowed upon him in 2010

In 2011, Ralph was made a New Zealand Olympic Order Holder for his untiring work with New Zealand Yachting and the New Zealand Olympic Committee. He is actively involved on the Executive of the Olympians Club of New Zealand.

He has been a part of the ISAF for many years and continues to work and promote the sport he loves.