David Barnes (sailor)

New Zealand sailor (1958-2020)

David John Barnes (27 April 1958 – 23 October 2020) was a New Zealand America's Cup sailor. He was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He skippered the KZ1 yacht which lost to the United States in the 1988 America's Cup race.[1][2]

Barnes was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010. He died on 23 October 2020 in Wilmington from the disease, aged 62.[3]


  1. "Scuttlebutt News: 1988 America's Cup". Sailingscuttlebutt.com. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. Lloyd, Barbara (17 June 1990). "YACHTING; A Cup Rehearsal For New Zealand". The New York Times.
  3. Former Team New Zealand America's Cup sailor David Barnes dies