Sir Russell Coutts won’t return to America’s Cup

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Sir Russell Coutts is content to continue to develop his exciting global SailGP league.

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Sir Russell Coutts is content to continue to develop his exciting global SailGP league.

New Zealand master yachting Sir Russell Coutts says his America’s Cup career is over.

A three-time winner as a coxswain and with two wins as CEO, Coutts remains one of the most dominant figures in the sport’s flagship event, notably holding the perfect record of 15 wins and no losses in three driving campaigns. – two with Team New Zealand and one with the Swiss union Alinghi.

The 59-year-old admits he enjoys the current America’s Cup which encompasses his vision of fast boats in fast races designed for television, but he wants to focus on developing his global SailGP league, which sailed on catamarans at 50 foot foils.

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Coutts is in Taranto for the second regatta of the SailGP season and the talks inevitably revolved around the America’s Cup, when he was interviewed by Italian media La Stampa.

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“Yes, I like it, it’s fast, modern…. there’s something to me that’s true, ”Coutts said of the America’s Cup which went from the 2013 San Francisco Coutts and Bermuda 2017 foiling catamarans to Grant’s 75 foot foiling monohulls. Auckland Dalton 2021.

When asked bluntly if he would return to the America’s Cup, he replied, “No, obviously I like it, but I wouldn’t go back.”

Sir Russell Coutts won the America's Cup three times as skipper and twice as CEO to become a stage legend.

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Sir Russell Coutts has won the America’s Cup three times as skipper and twice as CEO to become a stage legend.

There has been left-wing speculation in recent weeks about Coutts’ involvement in Britain’s America’s Cup scene, where Sir Ben Ainslie’s union is the new record challenger. It has been suggested that it could provide the benefit of seeing the British finally win a competition they invented in 1851.

But Coutts has made it clear that he still has a lot to do with his own production version of a professional high-speed yachting circuit modeled after motorsport’s Formula 1.

He likes the one-design look of the F50s which attributes the results to sailing skills rather than design advantages.

Coutts says he’s also very happy with his managerial role, rather than being an active sailor.

“No, I don’t miss it (competitive sailing) because I’m very focused on this new role,” he said. La Stampa.

“For me it’s a new challenge and I live for the challenges, as I did when I was a sailor.

“I like to get up in the morning now and think about how I can make things better, how I can develop SailGP.”

Blair Tuke and Peter Burling with SailGP boss Sir Russell Coutts.

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Blair Tuke and Peter Burling with SailGP boss Sir Russell Coutts.

Coutts, the 1984 Finnish Olympic champion, approved a New Zealand entry in SailGP this year, run by Kiwi superstars Peter Burling and Blair Tuke and including several other America’s Cup winners from Team New Zealand.

Coutts said he wanted to expand the fleet further from its current status of eight nations and hinted that teams from Italy and Germany may soon emerge.

He is also motivated to continue SailGP’s eco-friendly approach to operations as they campaign for marine conservation and sustainability.

Coutts is an America’s Cup Hall of Fame which has twice received the World Sailor of the Year award. He is also a Halberg winner.

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