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Team New Zealand Hopes to Pedal to America’s Cup Victory

Team New Zealand Hopes to Pedal to America’s Cup Victory

“With its resources, Oracle Team U.S.A., the defending champion, is the favorite for the 2017 America’s Cup, to be held in Bermuda in June. But Emirates Team New Zealand is, as usual, full of…

Four Years After America’s Cup Loss, Team New Zealand Is Not Over It

Four Years After America’s Cup Loss, Team New Zealand Is Not Over It

“The makeshift cafeteria was all but empty, and Dan Bernasconi, the design coordinator for Emirates Team New Zealand, was speaking quietly about being on the wrong end of one of the greatest comebacks in…

Team USA Trainer Craig McFarlane Talks Tough

Team USA Trainer Craig McFarlane Talks Tough

The “beasts” of the Oracle Team USA America’s Cup crew are among the world’s toughest athletes – people for whom some of the most gruelling training imaginable is all part of the routine, and the…

Team New Zealand Win in New York

Team New Zealand Win in New York

“Emirates Team New Zealand grabbed a dramatic victory in the final race of the America’s Cup World Series New York on Sunday to maintain their overall lead in the America’s Cup preliminary circuit,” as…

Dean Barker and the Sharing of a Rivalry

Dean Barker and the Sharing of a Rivalry

As Oracle Team USA polished off one of the greatest comebacks in any sport in the last America’s Cup, even eye contact became difficult for Jimmy Spithill, Oracle’s skipper, and Dean Barker, his counterpart…

Team New Zealand Recruits Italian Skipper Max Sirena

Team New Zealand Recruits Italian Skipper Max Sirena

Team New Zealand has signed Max Sirena, 53, who skippered the Italian challenger team Luna Rossa at the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco. “This stresses the sporting and friendly ties of mutual respect that…

Dean Barker to Lead Japan’s America’s Cup Team

Dean Barker to Lead Japan’s America’s Cup Team

New Zealander Dean Barker has been appointed as skipper and CEO of Japan’s challenge for the 2017 America’s Cup. “This is an incredible opportunity to build a new team from the ground up,” Barker said…

Emirates Returns as Team New Zealand’s Top Sponsor

Emirates Returns as Team New Zealand’s Top Sponsor

America’s Cup syndicate Emirates Team New Zealand have received some good news, with the airline announcing it will return as the team’s major sponsor, which could help it reach the starting line of the…

Against The Wind: One of the Greatest Comebacks in Sports History

Against The Wind: One of the Greatest Comebacks in Sports History

A major Wall Street Journal feature reported by Stu Woo maps the extraordinary comeback by Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA against Team New Zealand to win the 2013 America’s Cup on San Francisco…

Taxpayers Put Wind in Team NZ Sails

Taxpayers Put Wind in Team NZ Sails

Taxpayers have thrown Emirates Team New Zealand a lifeline, courtesy of the Government’s “bridging investment” of NZ$5 million, to fund another bid to win the America’s Cup. The syndicate had sought NZ$6.1m but Economic…

How did Oracle do it?

How did Oracle do it?

The question is simple but the answer is anything but clear: How did Oracle Team USA go from dead in the water to flying high? Because at 8-1 down in the world’s most competitive…

Tormenting Kiwis a bonus for Spithill

Tormenting Kiwis a bonus for Spithill

One of the greatest comebacks in sporting history is still Australian Jimmy Spithill’s ambition – torturing New Zealanders worldwide is merely an added bonus. Facing an 6-0 deficit in the race to 9 points,…

Flying the Flag and Stealing Hearts

Flying the Flag and Stealing Hearts

Emirates Team New Zealand just keeps showing up and beating Oracle, regardless of the time or day, Al Saracevic writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s a loose bunch of guys who are here…

Rude Tweets and Thumbs Up in Day of Drama

Rude Tweets and Thumbs Up in Day of Drama

Thanks to a scintillating victory in what some are calling the greatest race in America’s Cup history, Emirates Team New Zealand inched closer to reclaiming the oldest trophy in sports. The day started…

‘Gritty Band of Sailors’ Seek to Slay Goliath

‘Gritty Band of Sailors’ Seek to Slay Goliath

Even the British and Irish are rooting for New Zealand, in what The Independent is billing as a David versus Goliath fight for the America’s Cup, the world’s oldest sporting competition. “The New Zealanders…

Emirates Team New Zealand Win Four of First Five Races

Emirates Team New Zealand Win Four of First Five Races

Emirates Team New Zealand is dominating in the America’s Cup finals, trouncing defending champion Oracle in four of the first five races. Oracle was so defeated after race five on Wednesday (NZT) that the…

As Much Attention to Heart-Rates as Hull Shapes

As Much Attention to Heart-Rates as Hull Shapes

Taranaki-born Craig Monk, a mountain of a mariner, remembers his first year in charge of physical training for an America’s Cup team, Christopher Clarey writes for The New York Times. It was 1995 and…

Risk Taker on Another Collision Course

Risk Taker on Another Collision Course

“Seconds before Russell Coutts crashed his AC45 into the race-committee boat at the start of an America’s Cup World Series race a year ago in San Francisco, Murray Jones braced himself…

Join the Dean Barker Fan Club in San Francisco

Join the Dean Barker Fan Club in San Francisco

Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker is earning devotees at the America’s Cup, says Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I joined the Dean Barker fan club this week,” Jenkins writes. “Whether or…

Adding Traction to the America’s Cup

Adding Traction to the America’s Cup

“After a storied career at sea, where Russell Coutts ranked among the most successful skippers in Cup history, the New Zealander now serves as chief executive for the Oracle racing team,” Los Angeles Times’…

Hopes for Victory at the Helm of a 72-footer

Hopes for Victory at the Helm of a 72-footer

“Dean Barker has been the helmsman for Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup,” Christopher Clarey begins in a New York Times article a few days out from the first round-robin race of the…

Cup Hope in Culture

Cup Hope in Culture

Team New Zealand can’t match billionaire Larry Ellison’s budget in the America’s Cup this year so it’s relying on sailing nous for what managing director Grant Dalton sees as a last chance to reclaim…

Whirling Dervish Duty Bound

Whirling Dervish Duty Bound

“For the first time in 26 years, a team from New Zealand will make a bid for the Volvo Ocean Race without New Zealand legend Grant Dalton whirling dervishly around deck demanding more effort…

Portuguese Win for Emirates

Portuguese Win for Emirates

Emirates Team New Zealand, with Dean Barker at the helm, won the first America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta in Portugal with a dramatic come-from-behind move in the winner-take-all fleet race on 14 August….

Living Up To Its Nickname

Living Up To Its Nickname

Crewing an America’s Cup 8-foot yacht, NZL41, on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour is the crowning glory of Edmonton Journal travel editor Karen Booth’s North Island trip. “With more than 1, private yachts, Auckland…

Trophy for Team NZ

Trophy for Team NZ

Dean Barker has led Emirates Team New Zealand to victory over defending America’s Cup champion BMW Oracle Racing winning the 21 Louis Vuitton Trophy. The final in Dubai marked the last series for America’s…

Regatta on the Bay

Regatta on the Bay

Four-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts, 48, returns to San Diego, 16 years after he took the America’s Cup away from the United States, with his own regatta, the RC 44 Championship Tour. The…

Team NZ Win Trophy

Team NZ Win Trophy

Emirates Team New Zealand has beaten Italy’s Mascalzone Latino Audi on Waitemata Harbour in Auckland by 56 seconds to secure a 2–0 win in the best-of-three final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Faultless crew…

Sailing back to form

Sailing back to form

Emirates Team New Zealand “are back to their best” according to the Telegraph’s Kate Laven, dominating the 29 Audi MedCup circuit with 23 podium positions from 35 races. With a maximum of 16 races…

Win on a Mistral

Win on a Mistral

Emirates Team New Zealand has won the Sardinia Trophy of the Audi MedCup series off Sardinia making it two in a row after their win in Marseilles. The bush was on fire along the…

All Aboard with Coutts

All Aboard with Coutts

BMW Oracle’s Wellington-born helmsman Russell Coutts is “matching wits and tacks with Luna Rossa helmsman Peter Holmberg” in the 10-team Pacific Series on the Waitemata Harbour, with 18th man, journalist Christopher Clarey onboard taking…

We’re Still Sailing

We’re Still Sailing

Auckland’s Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup is underway with two preliminary round robins leading up to a challenger final in which one team will advance to face Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand on February…

Renewing the Fervour

Renewing the Fervour

Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour will fill with spectator boats early next year when six America’s Cup teams take to the water in a match racing series. Called the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, competitors will race…

Auld Mug Stays with Swiss

Auld Mug Stays with Swiss

Alinghi has successfully defended the America’s Cup, defeating Emirates Team NZ 5-2 in the best-of-nine series. The 2007 event was the closest in years, with the Swiss team winning the seventh race by a mere second….

LV Victory Sees America’s Cup Rematch

LV Victory Sees America’s Cup Rematch

Emirates Team NZ has demolished Luna Rossa 5-0 to win the Louis Vuitton Cup. Team NZ will now meet Swiss defender Alinghi in the America’s Cup best-of-nine series, beginning June 2003. In stark contrast to their usual…

Pole Position

Pole Position

Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) has won the Louis Vuitton challenger series, crushing American rival BMW Oracle Racing by 1m 34s. The victory gave ETNZ the right to choose its opponent for the best-of-nine semifinals. Skipper

Challenging Times Ahead for Team NZ

Challenging Times Ahead for Team NZ

The NZ government has pledged $5.14 million in an effort to win back the America’s Cup. Says America’s Cup Minister Trevor Mallard; “This new funding will allow Team New Zealand to start the process of re-signing…

“The America’s Cup is …”

“The America’s Cup is …”

… off to Switerland. Team New Zealand, led by Dean Barker and defending the Cup for the second time, were eventually beaten 5-0 by the Swiss syndicate Alinghi, led by Kiwis, skipper Russell Coutts and tactician Brad Butterworth.

Power Steering for Coutts

Power Steering for Coutts

The victorious Alinghi campaign was described by Larry Ellison, head of Oracle as, “a fine Swiss watch with a few Kiwi parts”, none more influential than helmsman Russell Coutts. The win establishing him as one of the…

Kiwi vs Kiwi

Kiwi vs Kiwi

Team New Zealand will face the Swiss challenge Alinghi in the America’s Cup finals in February, setting up a match up between Alinghi skipper Russell Coutts and his understudy when he was at the helm of…

Schnack Attack

Schnack Attack

“They have lured away many of NZ’s best sailing minds and talents in the quest for the Cup, but they are all still chasing one Kiwi who did not budge and whose mind and talents may…

“Billionaires Behaving Badly”

“Billionaires Behaving Badly”

Uncooperative wind and weather has made for a rather patchy America’s Cup series so far. Luckily, viewer-distraction has been provided in the form of feuding billionaires. Sports Illustrated: “Yachting has never been a sport for the masses, but…

The (Edge) Spirit of a Sailor

The (Edge) Spirit of a Sailor

USA Today ponders Kiwi dominance of the America’s Cup. “No matter that the boats will fly the flags of Switzerland and the United States. The men at the helm are Kiwis, New Zealanders, “mates.” Kiwis are…

Kiwi’s Cup

Kiwi’s Cup

“America’s Cup? Why, we call it the Kiwi’s Cup now!” An encounter with “a proper cocky Kiwi” sees Post writer Angus Phillips ruminate over this auld mug called the America’s Cup. This year’s competition sees New Zealanders…

America’s Cup: Billionaires and Espionage

America’s Cup: Billionaires and Espionage

“Yacht racing has been compared to tearing up $10 bills while standing in the shower. In the case of America’s Cup racing, make that $1,000 bills.” Time Magazine delves into the high rolling depths of…

ABC: Auckland Billionaire’s Club

ABC: Auckland Billionaire’s Club

Warren St. John backgrounds the moguls and money questing for the America’s Cup, pondering at the ‘pet projects’ of sporting tycoons like Larry Ellison: “they have hired the best sailors money can buy, sometimes moving them…

Auckland Holding its Breath

Auckland Holding its Breath

The 2002 America’s Cup challengers series has begun (click here for BBC, CNN coverage), launched with fanfare on the streets of Auckland. The competing teams paraded through the central city, the Swedes blasting ABBA,…

America’s Cup Build-up

America’s Cup Build-up

Team NZ captain Dean Barker beat ex-boss Russell Coutts 3-0 in the Swedish Match Cup finals. Coutts is heading Alinghi, Switzerland’s America’s Cup challenger. In other Cup news, Team New Zealand launch the first of…

Sir Peter Blake Honoured at World Sport Awards

Sir Peter Blake Honoured at World Sport Awards

Sir Peter has been posthumously given both the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award and the Laureus Sport for Good Award at the 2002 World Sports Awards in Monte-Carlo. Sir Peter, was a founding member of the Academy…

Counting Down and Counting Up

Counting Down and Counting Up

The 31st America’s Cup is 13 months away, but the Hauraki Gulf is already a hive of activity as 1 syndicates prepare to battle for the Auld Mug. And Government puffs up Team NZ’s sails with…

Kiwi Hero Laid to Rest

Kiwi Hero Laid to Rest

A thousand mouners gather at the parish church of St Thomas a Becket in Warblington to pay their respects to the late Sir Peter Blake. “Peter Blake was a living legend. I believe that he was…

Olympic Honours

Olympic Honours

The International Olympic Committee will award the Olympic Order to Sir Peter Blake, one of its highest honours. IOC President Jacques Rogge declares Blake “one of the most gifted and successful yachtsmen in the world”.

America’s Cup 2003

America’s Cup 2003

See the ranking of the announced and unannounced contenders for the next America’s Cup as judged by ESPN celeb Gary Jobson. Team New Zealand is the favourite and is ranked number one based on management, funding, design,…

History of the Cup

History of the Cup

A rundown on the history of the world’s oldest sporting trophy, currently held by Team NZ.

America’s Cup Lead-up

America’s Cup Lead-up

Update on the preparations of the American and British Challengers for the Louis Vuitton cup in October next year.

Magic Lives On

Magic Lives On

Six years ago the Black Magic team completed their historic 5-0 sweep of the America’s Cup.