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Peter Burling and Blair Tuke

Ep 13 - Hamish Willcox

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Hamish Willcox has achieved incredible success in the sport as both a sailor and coach. He won three 470 world titles with David Barnes in the early 1980s, was involved with four America’s Cups campaigns and even sailed in the Round the World Race. Since moving into coaching, he’s been to seven Olympic Games and helped his athletes win multiple world championships titles, including Peter Burling and Blair Tuke who have dominated the 49er class for most of the last decade. He talks about his phenomenal success as a sailor but frustrations at never going to an Olympics as an athlete, the 470 scene in New Zealand when this country dominated the class, four-and-a-half hour time limits and wearing water jackets. Hamish also opens up about his transition into coaching and issues with the New Zealand set up, seeing his two children compete at the Olympics and his return to New Zealand and teaming up with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.