Southland Sailors Get Training Time With Sir Russell Coutts

Four upcoming and young sailors from Te Anau have got the opportunity to receive advices on sailing from Sir Russell Coutts.


The names of the boys are Twins Josh, Will Hamilton, Zac Pearson and Jack White. These four guys have been selected to participate in the NZ Winter O’pen Cup. The tournament is going to take place in Auckland on Manly Sailing Club in July.


Four upcoming and young sailors from Te Anau have got the opportunity to receive advices on sailing from Sir Russell Coutts.


The names of the boys are Twins Josh, Will Hamilton, Zac Pearson and Jack White. These four guys have been selected to participate in the NZ Winter O’pen Cup. The tournament is going to take place in Auckland on Manly Sailing Club in July.

Vice Commodore of Marakura Yacht Club, Bruce Keen said Coutts has funded and sponsored many young boys from Otago and Southland. They have been invited here to attend the Auckland event and he is also putting them up at his home.
During their stay at the home of Coutts, the boys will receive coaching of two days. The first day will be for complete racing and the second day will have a half racing and a half adventure.

From the beginning of January 2017, these boys were using a new class of boat and sailing in it. The boat is the O’pen BIC.

According to Keen, the new class of boats has generated the passion of sailing in these young boys and now they want to do more sailing. The training has given them an opportunity to try their sailing art against each other’s who has a similar ability.

All the four boys have the background of sailing. They know about P-class yachts and Optimist; they have even taken this new class boat very quickly and are enjoying sailing it.

Now, talking about the selection of these boys, then, according to Keen, the boys got selected for training because their name came to light from attending recent training camps and competitions in the South Island. Somebody suggested their name and we picked them. All four young sailors are extremely excited about being chosen to get training from Coutts.