Coutts returns to Wanaka
Kiwi sailing great Sir Russell Coutts is returning to Lake Wanaka to play a role in the annual Wanaka Yacht Club New Year Regatta.
The 2017 America’s Cup chief executive will help the club introduce a new race to the well-known regatta – a leg of the O’pen Bic Junior National Circuit – amid other sailing races that take place from January 6-8.
The Wanaka regatta is a major fixture on the South Island sailing calendar and has been running for more than 50 years.
Coutts will also hold another O’pen Bic boat coaching clinic on January 5-6 with promising young sailors from around the region – two months after he ran his first clinic at Wanaka Yacht Club. Former Team New Zealand teammates Barry McKay and Hamish Pepper, who now live in Wanaka and are local yacht club members, will help Coutts coach the sailors.
The O’pen Bic racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Also racing around various courses on Lake Wanaka as part of the weekend regatta will be sailors in all dinghy, catamaran and trailer yacht classes in the annual Mitre 10 Roy’s Bay Regatta.
The racing includes the NZ Freshwater Etchell Championships on Friday and Saturday. Two island adventure races are scheduled for Sunday. Both races are open to senior sailors only.
Sir Russell Coutts coaching junior sailors.