Team NZ first to confirm America's Cup challenge

Emirates Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton (TV3)
Commodore Steve Burrett

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on behalf of Emirates Team New Zealand is the first official challenger for the America’s  Cup

The San Francisco-based Golden Gate Yacht Club and cupholder Oracle Team USA have said entries are also expected from Luna Rossa (Italy), Artemis Racing (Sweden), Team France (France) and Ben Ainslie Racing (UK).

The deadline is midnight Pacific Time on August 8 (7pm tomorrow NZ Time).

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has been involved with all but one New Zealand America’s Cup campaign since 1987, winning at San Diego in 1995 and successfully defending at Auckland in 2000.

“New Zealand has a distinguished history in the America’s Cup and we expect Emirates Team New Zealand will once again make New Zealand proud, just as it has done many times in the past,” Commodore Steve Burrett says.

“We wish the team well and we look forward to contributing to the success of the 35th America’s Cup.”

Emirates Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton says the team is pleased to be able to be in a position to challenge with the confidence of being able to represent the country well.

“This is the official start of a long, hard journey. We do not under-estimate the challenges ahead. We look forward to working with the other teams to create a great event,” he says.

Team New Zealand lost last year's challenge 9-8 in San Francisco after building up a commanding 8-1 lead over holder Oracle USA.

The venue for the 2017 challenge series is yet to be decided, although Oracle USA’s head Sir Russell Coutts has narrowed the choices to Bermuda or San Diego. A decision will be made later this year.

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If we are the first squadron to lodge an entry then we would be challenger of record - is the first lodged challenge or the first confirmed?


The Challenger of Record (CoR) is Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC), they served a 90 day notice of their intention to withdraw as CoR although the 90 days has not elapsed and they have not officially withdrawn yet. The next club to lodge a challenge was the club represented by the Artemis syndicate.

Entry to the event is secondary. Under the deed of gift, once a club is eliminated from a challenger elimination, it gives up being CoR and this handed to the next syndicate that challenged providing that are still in contention.

This effectively means once the challenger is selected for the AC Match it becomes the CoR so it represents its own rights with the defender.


Good on you Mr Dalton, but please do not ask me, ie the taxpayer, for any money. You have had two swipes at the cherry and missed both. I wish you the very best with your next attempt but either raise all the money via sponsors or get out now.


I am afraid that the AC in my opinion has had its day. The real benefactors are the major sponsors who have their global brands plastered all over the boats. Those who were in SF will understand that a few blocks away from the sailing no one gave a hoot or knew anything about the gross extravagance on the water. If there are real benefits for NZ let some one get the audited numbers on the we all know this can't be done. Let's put the same amount of money into supporting more of our younger people across a variety of sports - not a bunch of sailors who have flash houses in Remuera.


Have to agree with "JP" no cigars for the Dalton led team.

The spectacle was great on the day, but like "JP" I do not agree with the next attempt being funded by tax dollars - at all. I have yet to see any list that verifies cash transactions that lead to a profit to the tax payer. Good on the Key Government for standing it's ground on the funding threats Dalton made, obviously a tactic that backfired - a common thread? .

Rugby is a spectacle also, as are all professional sport events, meaning those where the players are employed to play. Non professional sport is also a spectacle and great to view..

Please don't say we build boats for the syndicates, that business will be tendered around the world, price, quality, innovation, ability and work space to construct one offs, will determine the order.

Our boat builders seemingly are unable to transfer that innovation into successful competitive production boat building. We import most sail boats and launches, no matter where the dollar sits.


And no more sportsmanship in agreeing to lay day that allowed the modifications to win 9-8. That was the the most expensive decision in the history of America's Cup


Most expensive decision in the history of America's Cup was the court ruling to proceed with the DOG AC33
And what a spectacle it produced!
The two biggest egos and cheque books on this planet head to head, and a stunning innovative winner
And a stunned outgunned loser


The rules and deed are now simply designed in favour of Larry Ellison - and by Coutts running the show it means he is on millions a year for a very long time. Not that i care how much Coutts gets and frankly good on him - its a commercial business transaction - a bit like having a monopoly - but the best way to break that monopoly is to have no challengers unfortunately until the rules on design are 100% done by committee from each of the teams.


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