Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

America's Cup- Butterworth - 'I just thought that I could help.'

by Sail-World and TV3 on 23 Jun 2014
Brad Butterworth, America's Cup tactician calls the shots on Wild Oats X Crosbie Lorimer http://www.crosbielorimer.com
Four times America's Cup winner, Brad Butterworth appeared in a prime time news show interview in New Zealand to explain why he wanted to rejoin Team New Zealand.

Over the weekend it was disclosed that Butterworth had written to the new Board of Team New Zealand, offering to help in whatever way he could. That was later denied by one Board member, Sir Stephen Tindall, who said that Butterworth only wanted to be CEO.


Butterworth believes that Team New Zealand needs a shake-up, starting at the top.

'It's not about me. I just thought that I could help,' says Butterworth. 'That’s what I've said for the new board, that I have made myself available if they want to talk to me or if they wanted to consider changing people at the top of the tree.'

By the top of the tree, Butterworth means Dalton and the rest of the senior management.

'Dalton said himself that before the last cup, that if he didn’t win it this time then he was out and that he should let someone else have a go,' says Butterworth. 'Really it’s a matter of me saying that there are a lot of people that I know in the cup that say that I should get in there and try and help them.'

Butterworth says that he would love to help out and he has something to offer, and wanted to get involved.
The fact the board chose Dalton over Butterworth, he says he isn’t angry but surprised.

'I'm not pissed off, but I'm a little bit surprised that it's come about, because I would love to get involved,' says Butterworth. 'I'm a New Zealander, and of course I've sailed for New Zealand and I've won for New Zealand.'


For the full story and video of the interview http://tinyurl.com/m27sp6o!click_here

Butterworth left Team New Zealand after the 2000 Cup Defence in New Zealand, along with Russell Coutts and four others of the NZL-60 crew. They signed up with the Swiss Alinghi campaign, returning to sail in the 2003 America's Cup in Auckland, winning 5-0 against a still decimated crew sailing a faulty boat. They successfully defended for Alinghi in Valencia, 5-2 against the Grant Dalton led Emirates Team NZ, with Dean Barker again on the helm. Coutts had a parting of ways with Ernesto Bertarelli and was replaced as helmsman with Ed Baird, Butterworth remained as tactician, along with the other Kiwis. He sailed as tactician for Ernesto Bertarelli, in Alinghi 5, the 120ft catamaran sailing in the 2010 Deed of Gift Match which lost 2-0 to Oracle Racing. He did not sail in the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco.

North Technology - Southern SparsZhik Yachting 660x82Helm Events 660x82

Related Articles

2017 America's Cup tickets will go on sale on 9th December
Six teams, representing USA, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, France, Sweden, will race incredible hydrofoiling yachts The six teams, representing the USA, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, France and Sweden, will race incredible hydrofoiling yachts on a stadium-style racecourse on Bermuda’s Great Sound which will make the events in Bermuda among the hottest tickets in world sport in 2017.
Posted on 6 Dec
America's Cup - Land Rover BAR part-transition to Bermuda
The team now start the transition of sailing operations from Portsmouth to Bermuda. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is over and Land Rover BAR have two vital bonus points forward into the next stage of the competition for the 35th America’s Cup. The team now start the transition of sailing operations from Portsmouth to Bermuda. About fifty per cent of the team will move to Bermuda
Posted on 5 Dec
America’s Cup Endeavour Junior Hobie Wave Race to be held in Bermuda
Teams from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden will race in Bermuda. Hobie has provided Waves for the use of school-aged kids in Bermuda, New York, Chicago, and Toulon. The kids see the America’s Cup boats and then the Hobie Wave and instantly get the connection.
Posted on 5 Dec
America's Cup - Tech Tuesday - AC50 One Design sails by Norths + Video
North Sails are making all the soft sails for the 2017 America's Cup fleet. North Sails are making all the soft sails for the 2017 America's Cup fleet. In this Tech Tuesday feature, Oracle Team USA shows the sails being made as a batch at North Sails facility at Minden Nevada.
Posted on 1 Dec
America's Cup - Video tour of an AC45S by Artemis Racing
Crew member Francesco Bruni gives an exclusive tour inside the cockpit of the team's first development boat, Turbo 1 Artemis Racing crew member Francesco Bruni gives an exclusive tour inside the cockpit of the team's first development boat, Turbo 1. Skipper, Nathan Outteridge, provides an update on the state of play with less than 8 months to go to the finals of AC35, and Loick Peyron provides the inspiration to a squad of young aspiring sailors in Toulon
Posted on 1 Dec
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ claims vital Cup date has been missed
In an apparent oversight, no dates or notice of coordinated sailing between teams were ever published by the due date Due to an apparent oversight, no dates or notice of coordinated sailing between competitors were ever published by the due date and now all teams are prevented from testing, or sailing in an organised fashion with each other in the AC Class yachts. This may affect the strategies of the teams who planned on training together in Bermuda in their AC50 yachts when they are launched
Posted on 25 Nov
America's Cup - The State of Play - Ben Ainslie Land Rover BAR
It's almost exactly three years since Ben Ainslie committed to forming his own America's Cup racing team It's almost exactly three years since Ben Ainslie committed to forming his own racing team to challenge for the 35th America's Cup. Now with the America's Cup World Series complete – and two points in the bag – and Land Rover BAR's move of sailing operations to Bermuda underway, Ben talked to Mark Chisnell about the state of play.
Posted on 25 Nov
America's Cup - Land Rover BAR are the 2015-16 World Series champions
A stunning final day performance from Land Rover BAR took the ultimate round of the LV America's Cup World Series A stunning final day performance from Land Rover BAR took the ultimate round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series (ACWS) in Japan – and with the win they became 2015-2016 ACWS Champions. They did it with a race to spare, creating a sufficient buffer that they could focus on winning the event in the final race.
Posted on 20 Nov
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ is third overall in AC World Series
Emirates Team NZ comes away without any carry forward points after the end of the LVACWS The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series came to the end Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan, where the ninth and final round of the LVACWS in one design AC45 foiling wingsailed catamarans has been held. It was a challenging day on the Hakata Bay with crews switching from drifting in no wind one minute to foiling down the final run of the day.
Posted on 20 Nov
America's Cup - Britain takes the double in the World Series Fukuoka
Race 1 of the final day of the America's Cup World Series Fukuoka began in dramatic style Race 1 of the final day of the America's Cup World Series Fukuoka began in dramatic style with Land Rover BAR ( Ben Ainslie) being penalised at the start but continued to sail aggressively against her two key rivals, Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ - the only competitors with a mathematical chance of taking the top spot in the overall series points.
Posted on 20 Nov