Coutts re­turns to Wanaka

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

JAY BOREHAM

Sir Rus­sell Coutts coach­ing ju­nior sailors.

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