Although we are in the middle of Winter here in Auckland and although traffic flow into the Bed and Breakfast is slower ; I find great delight in seeing the Billionaires involved in the Americas Cup already starting to moan .
The lack of clarity from holders Oracle Team USA around the next America’s Cup looks to have cost organisers its challenger of record.
Hamilton Island Yacht Club today advised America’s Cup organisers of their intention to withdraw Team Australia from the 35th America’s Cup.
A statement from the syndicate said it was proving too difficult for a start-up commercial team to put a challenge together when no dates or venue have been confirmed for the event.
Russell Coutts, director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) said he was very disappointed to receive the news.
“We were excited to have Australia as a challenger and we were also looking forward to the prospect of holding America’s Cup World Series events in Australia,” said Coutts.
But our focus going forward is with the teams that have already submitted challenges and the teams that have told us of their intent to do so before the entry deadline on August 8th.
In a competitors meeting held in Los Angeles last weekend, several teams expressed their reservations over the two remaining venue options – San Diego and Bermuda – and emphasised the a lack of certainly around dates and venue was hampering efforts to secure funding.
It appears Team Australia, who were responsible for negotiating the Protocol with the defenders, were finding the going particularly tough.
It is not yet known who the new challenger of record will be, but it is understood the ACEA have already received official entries from Italian team Luna Rossa and Swedish syndicate Artemis – the challenger of record for the 34th event.
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton said he was disappointed to see the Australian syndicate pull out but said the Kiwi team were on track.
“We have the class rule and the design team is well into its programme; the sailing team continues to compete successfully overseas, with great recent results by Dean Barker and Glenn Ashby in the A class cats worlds and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke still dominating the 49er scene,” said Dalton.
“In addition, we have never been in better shape with potential
Sitting down after breakfast at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast I have just read about sailors superstitions. If you remember back to the first time Team New Zealand won the Americas Cup…..
In that series we won all the races except one. On that race Sir Peter Blake was not on the boat.
Yesterday we lost a race. This time Grant Dalton was not on the boat….
I wonder if we will see Grant on the boat for every race from here on……..
Personally I think we are doing an amazing job of bringing this cup home. But Americans hate to lose so we have to be brutal on the water. Go Team New Zealand.
I like sailing. Although with involvement at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast and pushing Supercare4u.com around the streets of Auckland, I don’t get to see too much of it these days.
This is why I have become the ultimate armchair warrior with respect to the Team New Zealand challenge to the Americas Cup in San Francisco next year.
I think the development that Team New Zealand have done is superior to the Oracle camp and I firmly believe that we have a good chance of lifting the cup again. I HOPE
You can find more info on the Team New Zealand Blog.
This latest photo shows the advance that the KIWIS have made. Not only do we fly….we also walk on water….
This is the Team New Zealand AC72.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast I remember the fever that existed in Auckland when New Zealand held the Americas Cup.’Which is why you will now see me writing about Team New Zealand and this amazing boat called AC72. Bring on the Fever…….
This design is what we will challenge In for the Americas Cup next year.
Baring any major disaster (sic. oracle pitch pole last week) this team is now in a serious dominant position over Oracle-Team America.
Team New Zealand have this boat finning. This is where both hulls are out of the water and riding on hydrofoil fins attached to drop down dagger boards. The drag reduction of the hulls is minimised and speed increases.