The Superior Sailor Series

The Superior Sailor Series

Newstalk ZB's D'Arcy Waldegrave talks to some of the movers and shakers from the sailing world to find out just what makes them tick; who their heroes are and what makes them keep coming back for more.


March 24, 2021 36 mins
Since 1980 Peter John Montgomery has been enthralling fans with his unique commentary style bringing to life the America's Cup and with it a sport most of us know little about yet are captivated by its beauty.
The 36th America's Cup was PJ's 13th event. In that time, he has seen the evolution in sailing unfold before his very eyes.
PJ is the final episode of the Superior Sailor Series after being inducted into the America's C...

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Shirley Robertson is one of the greatest female sailors in history.
A two-time Olympic gold medallist, female world sailor of the year and successful broadcaster.
A native of Scotland, Robertson is in New Zealand covering the 36th edition of the America's Cup.
In episode seven of the Superior Sailor Series, D'Arcy Waldegrave sits down with one of the World's best sailors as she talks about her the highs and lows of her ill...

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At just the tender age of 28, kiwi sailor Bianca Cook embarked on the journey of a lifetime. 
As a member of the Turn the Tide on Plastic team, Bianca sailed around the world competing in the Volvo Ocean Race.
With an eye on leading an all-New Zealand crew in the next edition of the famous race, Bianca Cook has hundreds of thousands of sailing miles under her belt despite being so young.
D'Arcy Waldegrave talks to Bianca a...

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Brad Butterworth was the tactician that brought the America’s Cup to New Zealand.
After Team New Zealand defended the America’s Cup at the turn of the century, Butterworth along with compatriot Sir Russell Coutts, were lambasted by the public and media for turning their backs on Aotearoa when they signed with swiss syndicate Alinghi.
Brad Butterworth has been involved in sailing around the world at many levels.
He is one o...

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When you hear the name Dennis Conner the first thing that comes to mind is the America's Cup.
The sometimes-brash American has a long connection with the Auld Mug, so much so his nickname is Mr. America’s Cup.
His determination, trickery and shear skill on and off the water has seen him win 28 World Championships, 4 America’s Cup victories, twice around the world and an Olympic medal.
Conner hasn't always had the public on...

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The America's Cup over the past few years has seen monohulls go from slicing through the water to foiling about it.           
With the increase in speed and physicality the event is becoming more and more a young sailors game.
Rising stars Logan Dunning-Beck and Oscar Gunn are two young sailors who are keen to be part of the modern interpretation of sailing in the future.

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While Sir Ben Ainsley is at the helm of INEOS Team UK's boat, it's CEO Grant Simmer who is driving the organisation both on and off the water.
The Australian native has spent more than 30 years involved in the America's Cup.
He's done just about everything under the sun - sailor, manager, CEO, you name it, he has done it.
From Australia, to America and now the UK - Grant Simmer has seen it all and in some way has gone full...

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New Zealand's love of the America's Cup dates back to the 1980s when Kiwi Magic took to the waters off the coast of the West Coast of Australia.
Since then, New Zealanders young and old have been obsessed with the Auld Mug.
For the past 30 years, Virtual Eye has played a vital role in how we have viewed sailing.
The graphical genius Sir Ian Taylor gives a behind the scenes look into how he brings the America's Cup to life ...

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Chris Dickson is one of New Zealand's most decorated sailors - Olympian, World Champion, Round the World competitor and America's Cup skipper and team owner. Chris Dickson has done it all.
In episode one of the Superior Sailor Series, Chris Dickson takes us through his love of sailing, what keeps him coming back for more and the challenges as a skipper and team owner of an America's Cup syndicate.
Chris Dickson is a superior ...

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January 22, 2021 31 secs
The America's Cup is the world's oldest sporting trophy dating back to 1851.
In its illustrious 170-year history, there has been plenty of drama on and off the water.
Newstalk ZB presents The Superior Sailor Series, as our very own D'Arcy Waldegrave finds out why the America's Cup is so addictive.
We hear from some of the movers and shakers from the sailing world to find out just what makes them tick; who their heroes are ...

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