Celia Willison

Celia Willison
nzl New Zealand
Current Team
Edge Racing
October 14, 1998
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2023 Team:
Celia Willison – Skipper, Charlotte Porter, Alison Kent and Serena Woodall.

2022 Team:
Celia Willison – Skipper, Charlotte Porter, Serena Woodall, Paige Cook, Alison Kent.


Celia is from a Kiwi sailing family and began sailing in an Optimist dinghy at Sandspit Yacht Club when she was seven, progressing through the youth dinghy classes including Starling and 29er. She began keelboat sailing as a bowman on Rantan II (an Elliot 50) competing in many inshore, coastal, and offshore races including Auckland to Fiji race in 2016. Currently Celia is in her third year of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) Youth Training Program as a helm having done two years of crewing as a bowman and then a trimmer. 2022 was a big year for Celia having won the J/70 Worlds and Cape 31 UK Nationals. This year, Celia has signed up to her first season sailing for Black Star Racing in the 44 Cup, a professional sailing series including stops in the Middle East, America’s West Coast and the Caribbean.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and having three team members work within the healthcare system, The Edge Racing we’re not able to race at all during 2020-2021. This year, the team have decided to make the move to Europe to pursue their sailing. Serena sailed in the 69f Youth Cup last year which has been selected for the Live Ocean NZ ETF team. Charlotte and Alison have both been working hard so that they we’re able to make the move to Europe. Alison has also been getting involved in offshore racing, doing the Newport-Bermuda double-handed race with her Dad, and some of the Leyton offshore for women. The Team are very much looking forward to the season ahead on the Women’s World Match Racing Tour.

Teams Past Results:

2nd Place – 2022 Barfoot & Thompson World Women’s Match Racing Championships in Auckland, NZ

2nd Place – Corfu Match 2022

3rd Place – Shanghai Women’s Match 2019

1st Place – New Zealand Women’s nationals in 2019


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