Boating NZ : FREE TO READ February 2014
Emirates Team New Zealand has signed up the top contenders from NZ sailing’s next generation Especially if ETNZ hopes to have two AC45s racing in the proposed AC World Series next year, likely to be helmed by Barker and Burling. It was no surprise when Burling and Tuke, the Olympic 49er silver medallists, were paraded out as the first key signings to the new Team New Zealand. Their star has been on the rise since London, with their world championship title and the Youth America’s Cup victory in San Francisco last year. “We were approached by a few syndicates, because we’d had such a good couple of years,” says Burling. “But we didn’t take them seriously. This was the one that we wanted – and I think we’ve made the right choice.” “We are under no illusions that we’re the new kids on the block,” says Tuke, “so we’d like to draw from the experience in the team. We wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t think we were giving our Olympic campaign a hundred percent. Each role will enhance the other.” The pair will be competing in the A-Class Worlds in Auckland in February. There will be sailor casualties from 2013: “Some can’t be retained because we can’t afford them, or won’t be retained – that’s just the nature of sport,” Dalton says. After protocol discussions, Dalton is happy with the work done so far by the new Challenger of Record, Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club, and says there are five to six teams that “look real”. He’s almost given up on his personal crusade for a team in this year’s Volvo Ocean Race; his attempts to find $28m funding haven’t been successful, but he’s set a deadline of March. Camper has said “no” to backing another Kiwi round-the- world assault, but “yes” to another America’s Cup attempt. Still, Dalton is surprisingly chipper again. “It’s been a bit of a tough year, but I’ve woken up in 2014 ready to go... in fact, really ready to go. Now it’s up to guys like Blair [Tuke] and Peter [Burling] to take Emirates Team New Zealand into the future, and keep this brand alive.” “Russell Coutts is saying you’ll need $US80m to play, but that’s not to win. We’ll need to spend pretty much the same as last time” – Grant Dalton SHOOTING FOR EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND Ovlov Marine LimitedEst 1978 Ph 09 377 4285 Fax 09 377 9665 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 142 Beaumont Street, Westhaven PINE HARBOUR Ph 09 536 5249 Fax 09 536 5245 www.ovlov.co.nz New Zealand’s largest Volvo Penta dealer two Branches – Westhaven & Pine Harbour Ltd Established 1978 repOwering? Ask AbOut Our engine seLectiOn prOgrAMMe & prOp cALcuLAtOr - MAke the cOrrect chOice • Sailboat gearbox or saildrive 13 to 75hp • Power boat gearbox 110-900hp • Power boat sterndrive 140-370hp • IPS 350-1200hp Equiv. Agent fOr kOhLer gensets a drive solution for any requirement sterndrive 140-400 HP iPs 350-1200 HP joystick control sailboat 13-75 HP 021455 RIVIERA 53FB subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 15 Feature_Team NZ_Feb14.indd 15 17/01/2014 2:44:22 p.m.
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