Josh Junior is crediting Pieter Burling and Blair Tuke with inspiring the current crop of Kiwi sailors.

As favourites for 49er gold, Burling and Tuke will lead New Zealand's charge for Olympic sailing glory having been unbeaten since their silver medal at the London Olympics.

With Rio being his first Olympics, Finn Class sailor Junior says with Burling and Tuke succeeding at every level, he expects they'll be looking to the pair for guidance as they build to Rio.

He says with it being a young and enjoyable team, he expects there to be huge success over the next Olympic cycles.

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Junior is planning two trips before the Games, as he look to prepare in the best possible fashion.