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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ confident to mount Cup Challenge *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 4:35 AM Wed 25 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand chairman Dr Keith Turner has announced that the team has now reached the point where it has the confidence to mount a challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. He says the team has secured sufficient private and sponsorship funding to proceed to the next stage without needing Government funding during this period. ...

America's Cup: Director and backer says that Team NZ have the funds *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 11:36 AM Sat 21 Jun 2014 GMT
Sir Stephen Tindall, a member of the new Board of Team Zealand told Newstalk ZB on Saturday, that the team had the funds for another six months, without further Government support. 'We were facing closure a week ago,' said Tindall. 'But some of us have put out hand on our pockets, and we now have enough money to get us through to the end of the year.' ...

America's Cup: Coutts repeats offer of second AC62 for Challengers *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 10:46 PM Wed 18 Jun 2014 GMT
Oracle Team USA CEO, Russell Coutts, has repeated the offer of a second AC62 for the Challengers in the 35th America's Cup, removing a major criticism of the Protocol surrounding the event. Coutts' offer followed a comment made by Oracle Team USA skipper, Jimmy Spithill in the course of a radio interview broadcast a week ago in NZ. ...

America's Cup: Emirates confirm discussions over Team NZ naming rights *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:16 PM Tue 17 Jun 2014 GMT
Team New Zealand have confirmed reports appearing in several New Zealand media on Tuesday that Emirates Airlines are working closely with the team to renew their naming rights sponsorship. A news report on TV3 on Tuesday claimed that a trigger point for the airline, which has been a long-time sponsor of the team, was the exposure they received from the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ...

America's Cup: Can the Venue be other than the waters of the Defender? *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 11:45 AM Tue 17 Jun 2014 GMT
With the America's Cup venue now being bid to ports other than that of the Defending club, some wonder whether this practice is within the spirit, if not the letter, of the Deed of Gift which governs the 162 year old trophy. The issue was raised in 1988 when the San Diego YC was looking at Defence options against the Mercury Bay Boating Club's 'Big Boat' Challenge ...

Gladwell's Line: Media crunch in the America's Cup *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 8:20 AM Tue 17 Jun 2014 GMT
The America's Cup has dominated the sporting and general media, in New Zealand at least, for the past week, polarising fans and others. Team New Zealand scored an own goal, with a media conference at its base in the Viaduct harbour, Auckland, last Friday, Black Friday, which resulted in a lot of skewed and sensational reporting. ...

America's Cup: Team New Zealand gets more traction than the All Blacks *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 9:18 AM Mon 16 Jun 2014 GMT
The pulling power of the Team New Zealand brand was demonstrated once again on Sunday, with a story on the America's Cup team taking the lead spot on the front page of a major Sunday newspaper. What was even more powerful was that the story about the team's much reported media conference on Friday afternoon, was up against a controversial win by the All Blacks over the touring English Rugby tea ...

America's Cup: Team NZ fine with two venues despite cost + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 9:02 AM Sat 14 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton is receptive to the concept of having to sail the America's Cup Selection Series at two venues, despite the additional costs. After the team's media conference on Friday, Dalton was asked if he would rather have all the Challengers sailing at the Match venue instead of the split venues, as proposed by the new Protocol - if there are more than four Challengers ...

Emirates Team NZ: America's Cup quite winnable under new Protocol *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 11:02 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
On Friday, Emirates Team New Zealand became the first team to publicly respond to the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup. The Team surprisingly revealed that after an analysis of the Protocol and the changes that had already been made, or signalled, that the document was reasonable and the Cup considered to be quite winnable by the team. ...

ANZ Fiji race: Fifties finish in torrential rain *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, NZ , 11:32 AM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Three of the five 50fters finished the ANZ Fiji race early Friday morning having sailed the last stages of the race in heavy rain that at times cut visibility to less than 200metres. First home in the dark was the David Nathan skippered V5 which finished at: 04:50am, followed over an hour later by the Bakewell-White 52, Wired (Rob Bassett) with Vamos and(Connel McLaren) around 30 mins later. ...

America's Cup: Dalton reports good progress with sponsors + Full Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 4:57 AM Fri 13 Jun 2014 GMT
Exclusive: Emirates Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton reported that good progress had been made with sponsors, and that many of the other barriers in the way of a campaign for the 35th America's Cup had been marginalised. Dalton said the team had delivered on the NZ Govt's requirements as a precursor to committing to a package of a similar magnitude to its investment in the 2013 America's Cup. ...

ANZ Fiji Race: Three boat match race set to go down to the wire *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 10:32 AM Thu 12 Jun 2014 GMT
S-W Exclusive:The three 50fters which are leading the final stages of the ANZ Fiji race look set to finish in darkness Friday morning, if the wind holds. The sixth day of the 1100nm race has been a game of Cat and Mouse, as one boat makes a break and the others either elect to cover or make a break themselves. ...

America's Cup: Coutts eliminates San Francisco as 2017 venue *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 9:07 PM Wed 11 Jun 2014 GMT
It has been confirmed by the San Francisco Chronicle that Oracle Team USA CEO, Russell Coutts has eliminated San Francisco as a venue for the 35th America's Cup. The move was signaled earlier in the week, to the anguish of many, but that has apparently been ignored in the pursuit of the best commercial deal for the event. ...

ANZ Fiji race: Beau Geste first home in Denarau, Giacomo finishes *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 1:47 AM Wed 11 Jun 2014 GMT
Beau Geste, the Botin 80 owned by Hong Kong yachtsman, Karl Kwok, and skippered by Gavin Brady has taken line honours in the ANZ Fiji race. She crossed the finish line around 1130hrs NZT ...

America's Cup: Ainslie expected to announce top Fi designer signing *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, , 9:27 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
Sir Ben Ainslie is expected to announce the assistance of Adrian Newey, the greatest Formula One designer of his generation, to help him win the 35th America's Cup for Great Britain. English website Sportsmail reports that Newey is expected to have a hand in designing the new AC62 for as part of a new deal with Red Bull Technology ...

ANZ Fiji race: A big bash for most of the fleet *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:47 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
The bash continues for most of the fleet in the ANZ Fiji race. The two race leaders managed to sidestep the head wind being experienced in the peloton of the fleet, with the race leader Beau Geste 328nm from the finish at Port Denarau. ...

America's Cup: Two-Boat, or not Two-boat? Coutts asks the questions *Feature By Sail-World, , 7:54 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
After the cacophony of outrage, mainly from his native New Zealand, where everyone has an opinion on the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA's CEO, Russell Coutts puts a few questions to the fans. Five really hard questions to answer for anyone listening to one sided NZ media: ...

ANZ Fiji Race: A tale of two fleets - the easy way and the hard way *Feature By Richard Gladwell/, , 12:10 PM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
With the fleet in its third night at sea, the course routing shows the two leading boats having a relatively easy course to the finish at Port Denarau. The race leader, Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) has 452nm left to sail. She is the most easterly boat in the fleet. On her port side is the Volvo 70 Giacomo (Jim Delegat), shown as being 474nm from the finish line. ...

America's Cup: Protocol changes rung ahead of Entry window opening *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 8:04 AM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
The Defender of the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA has announced a series of changes to the Protocol for the next event. The changes are said to be issued, as a result, of constructive feedback on the rules from prospective teams, prompting Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record, and the Defender, Oracle Team USA to issue agreed amendments to the Protocol for the 35th America’s Cu ...

ANZ Fiji Race: Top 52fter pulls out after sustaining damage *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 2:09 AM Mon 9 Jun 2014 GMT
The fleet in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race has reduced further with the withdrawal of one of the TP52's due to minor damage. Kia Kaha (Chris Hornell) advised organisers that she had 'sustained minor damage to the boat and will be returning to Opua.' All on board are safe and expected to be in the Bay of Island late today. ...

America's Cup: Team New Zealand fighting to stay in the Cup game *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:14 PM Sun 8 Jun 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ's CEO, Grant Dalton, responded to taunts made on the NZ TV breakfast shows on Friday in an hour long radio interview on NewstalkZB. Dalton said on Sunday that the team's omission from an Oracle promotional video was a deliberate ploy. 'We're not going to blow smoke up Oracle's ass', was his retort. ...

ANZ Fiji Race: America's Cup skippers and Olympians in battle to win *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 8:24 AM Sun 8 Jun 2014 GMT
The now 18 boat fleet in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race are settling into a second night at sea, with two races happening within the main event. At the head of the fleet two America's Cup helmsmen are battling for the race lead with Gavin Brady on the Botin 80, Beau Geste holing a 20nm lead over the Chris Dickson skippered Volvo 70 Giacomo. ...

ANZ Fiji race: Images from the battle of the maxis *Feature By Richard Gladwell:, , 9:34 PM Sat 7 Jun 2014 GMT
The two biggest boats in the ANZ Fiji race, Giacomo (Jim Delegat) and Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) enjoyed a mini-match race across the Waitemata harbour, after the start of the ANZ Fiji race, before the Botin 80, Beau Geste stretched her legs and started to ease away from the Volvo Ocean Race winner. ...

ANZ Fiji Race: Beau Geste off to a fast start *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 5:49 AM Sat 7 Jun 2014 GMT
Karl Kwok's Beau Geste got away to a fast start in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race, and a few hours into the race had established a handy lead over Giacomo (Jim Delgat), with V5 leading the 50fters. ...

ANZ Fiji Race: Course record looks safe *Feature By Richard Gladwell,, Auckland, New Zealand , 2:23 PM Fri 6 Jun 2014 GMT
The race record held by the supermaxi Konica Minolta of 3 days 10 hours looks to be safe in the 2014 edition of the ANZ sponsored Auckland to Denarau, Fiji race that starts on Saturday. Two areas of high pressure off the east coast of New Zealand will be a major influence on the race, according to the routing done for several type of boats, using ...

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