Sir Russell Coutts was welcomed on board as Manly Sailing Club’s Commodore at the club’s annual meeting on July 10.
He thanked outgoing Commodore, Sean Paterson, for the considerable time and effort he has put into the club.
Sir Russell outlined suggested areas of focus and development for the coming year, including that he would like the club to also embrace water sports other than sailing, and encourage more sailors and families to become involved.
Sir Russell has been working with the club since he moved into Tindalls Bay last year; a Foundation set up last November supports the club by running its junior coaching programme.
There are plans to expand the club’s Junior Sailing programmes by developing closer relationships with local schools. It is also planned to begin running Adult Learn to Sail courses and create a more regular club calendar of racing and fun events involving in a wider range of classes.
Former America’s Cup principal race officer Harold Bennett, who coached Sir Russell when he was learning to sail P class boats and has been involved with Manly Sailing Club, and on the committee, for five years, was elected Vice Commodore. He is also a Trustee of the Foundation.