The great New Zealand sailor Sir Russell Coates has said his America’s Cup career is over.
A three-time winner of the helm and two wins as CEO, Coutts remains one of the most dominant figures in the leading sporting event, including a perfect record of 15 wins and zero losses in three seasons behind the wheel – two with Team New Zealand and one with the Swiss Syndicate. Alinghi.
The 59-year-old admits he loves the current America’s Cup, which includes his vision of powerboats in fast-paced motorsports made for television, but wants to focus on developing his own SailGP World League, which he sailed on a 50-foot boat. ..
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Coates is in Taranto for the second race of the SailGP season, and discussions inevitably revolved around the America’s Cup, when he was interviewed by Italian media. printing press.
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“Yeah, I like it, it’s fast and modern… It’s a America’s Cup that has evolved from Coates’ frustrated raft in San Francisco 2013 and Bermuda 2017 to Grant Dalton’s 75-foot monohull in Oakland 2021,” Coates said.
When asked frankly if he would return to the America’s Cup, he said: “No, of course I would love to, but I won’t.”
There has been speculation on the left field in recent weeks of Coates taking part in the British America’s Cup scene as Sir Ben Ainsley’s union represents the new record contender. It has been suggested that it might provide a difficult advantage to see the British finally win a competition they invented way back in 1851.
But Coates made it clear he still had a lot to do with his version of the F1-style professional high-speed yacht circuit in motorsport.
I like one aspect of the F50’s design that puts the results in launch prowess rather than stylistic merit.
Coates says he’s more than satisfied with his managerial role, rather than being an active sailor.
He said “No, I don’t miss (competitive sailing) because I’m so focused on this new role” printing press.
“For me, this is a new challenge and I live for challenges, just as I was when I was a sailor.
“I like to get up in the morning now and think about how things can improve, how I can develop SailGP.”
Coates, the 1984 Finnish Olympic champion, put a rubber stamp on New Zealand’s entry to the SailGP this year, led by Kiwi stars Peter Berling and Blair Talk, including several other New Zealand America’s Cup winners.
Coates says he wants to expand his fleet from his current eight-nation position, and has hinted that teams from Italy and Germany may appear soon.
He is also delighted to continue SailGP’s eco-friendly approach to business during their sea life conservation cruises.
Coutts is the America’s Cup Hall of Fame twice named World’s Best Sailor. He is also a Halberg winner.