Kiwi bows out

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

THE Amer­ica’s Cup’s most suc­cess­ful sailor, New Zealan­der Rus­sell Coutts, an­nounced yes­ter­day he is walk­ing away from yacht­ing’s most glam­orous event.

The five-time win­ner of the old­est in­ter­na­tional sport­ing tro­phy said his time in the com­pe­ti­tion was over, even as his home­land pre­pares to host the re­gatta in 2021.

“I have had quite a few years in­volved with it – loved it, but there are other things to do in life,’’ Coutts, 55, said.

Coutts was skip­per for Team New Zealand dur­ing their wins in 1995 and 2000, be­fore switch­ing to Swiss en­try Alinghi and win­ning in 2003.

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