About Me

Peter Lester I was born into Christchurch’s yachting community with sailing competitions an integral part of my life from school days on. I was the New Zealand Yachtsman of the year in 1977 and again in 1987. I have competed in the Americas Cup three times; as tactician on board the New Zealand boat KZ1 in 1988, as the coach of the Spanish team in 1992, and as tactician for Chris Dicksons Tag Heuer Challenge in 1995.

When the Spanish were eliminated early in 1992, I was asked to join the TVNZ commentary team for the rest of the Cup. I went on to work as a commentator for TVNZ at subsequent America’s Cups.

I have worked independently as a sailing consultant to individuals and to other nations such as South Korea, Qatar and Turkey. 

I held the position of High Performance Manager at Yachting New Zealand; responsible for the New Zealand Olympic Sailing Academy programme, and most recently worked for the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar as Head Coach of the yachting team. 

I have diverse interests beyond yachting, both in the range of sports my family are involved with, and in community and school affairs. I enjoy road cycling and have completed the Lake Taupo event in a respectable time. I am married with three sons.

You can contact me by leaving a comment in the blog – would be great to hear from you.


High Performance Director – Yachting New Zealand

  • Responsible for the New Zealand Olympic Sailing Academy programme

 Competitive yachtsman at the highest levels

  • Winner OK Dinghy junior World Champion 1974
  • Winner OK Dinghy open World Champion 1977
  • Helmsmen of the 1987 Admirals Cup winner (World Champion)
  • Skipper of the 1993 One Ton Cup winner (World Champion)
  • Skippering the winning boats in the 1986 & 1990 Kenwood Cups
  • New Zealand Yachtsman of the Year 1977 and 1987
  • Competed in three America’s Cup campaigns 1988, 1992 and 1995

Commentator and yachting analyst

  • Television commentator for the Television New Zealand for the Louis Vuitton Cups & America’s Cup 1992-2003
  • Commentator for TWI for the 2006 Louis Vuitton Acts 10-12 Valencia, Spain
  • Expert commentator for TWI-TVNZ for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup 2007

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