Story: Amateurism and professionalism

Russell Coutts, professional yachtsman

New Zealand sailor Russell Coutts is shown here in 2009 at the wheel of a US yacht, which as part of the BMW Oracle team, he skippered in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series of that year. Coutts had been hired by US billionaire Larry Ellison to head a team to win the 2010 America's Cup. In 1995 and 1999 Coutts skippered Team New Zealand's successful bids for the America's Cup. In 2003 Coutts and other members of Team New Zealand departed to compete for opposing teams, sparking resentment from the New Zealand public. Listen to this comment on the subject from a 2003 Radio Pacific talkback programme.

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Geoff Watson, 'Amateurism and professionalism - Growth of professionalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 August 2019)

Story by Geoff Watson, published 5 Sep 2013