By Arnika Hazelwood | Posted: Thursday June 15, 2017
Anna Walrond (14) sailed in Bermuda in the America's Cup Endeavour O'Pen event in June.
Anna is one of the top sailors in her age group in New Zealand and is one of 32 sailors who competed at the America's Cup Endeavour O'Pen held in conjunction with the finals of the main event.
Anna has also been selected as part of a small group receiving coaching from Sir Russell Coutts. Russell Coutts has been a three time champion skipper and is America's Cup CEO. He is also an ex-Ravensbourne Club member and supports up-and-coming sailors. Coutts has been coaching a group including Anna and they send videos every two weeks via Facebook messenger. He responds with specific feedback and also has Skype sessions with the group every second Sunday. Coutts has also given them personalised six-day-a-week physical training programmes. The young sailors had been getting noticeably better with the guidance and were interested to see how they would compare on the world stage.