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America's Cup: Coutts takes media to task over Protocol inaccuracies By Russell Coutts and Sail-World, , 6:53 AM Sun 22 Jun 2014
Writing on his Facebook page, Oracle Team USA CEO, Russell Coutts, has picked up several comments made in a recent story published in the New Zealand Herald over aspects of a story criticizing the 35th America's Cup Protocol. Coutts wrote: I have even taken the time to write a letter to the Editor, in the hope they would correct the facts. After two days, no luck… a pity. ...[more]

America's Cup: Director and backer says that Team NZ have the funds By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:36 PM Sat 21 Jun 2014
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.' ...[more]

America's Cup: Barker and Burling to compete in different multihulls By ETNZblog.com, , 7:47 PM Thu 19 Jun 2014
Emirates Team New Zealand will be racing in two regattas in Europe next week: the single-handed A Class European championships in France and the fourth round of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series in Russia. Dean Barker and Glenn Ashby are on their way to France to compete in the A Class catamaran European championships. ...[more]

America's Cup: Coutts repeats offer of second AC62 for Challengers By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:46 AM Thu 19 Jun 2014
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. ...[more]

America's Cup: Emirates confirm discussions over Team NZ naming rights By Richard Gladwell, , 6:16 AM Wed 18 Jun 2014
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 ...[more]

America's Cup: Can the Venue be other than the waters of the Defender? By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:45 PM Tue 17 Jun 2014
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 ...[more]

Gladwell's Line: Media crunch in the America's Cup By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, New Zealand , 6:20 PM Tue 17 Jun 2014
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. ...[more]

America's Cup: Team New Zealand gets more traction than the All Blacks By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:18 PM Mon 16 Jun 2014
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 ...[more]

Who would have guessed the Kiwis like the AC 2017 Protocol? By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 6:21 AM Mon 16 Jun 2014
Its easy to be cynical but you'd have to wonder if the Kiwi explosive reaction to the release of the protocol has just been a ploy to show potential sponsors that ETNZ can command mainstream media attention ahead of their sponsorship drive. They pulled in $6,000,000 in sponsorship this week alone so all the headlines can't have hurt them. ...[more]

America's Cup: Shoebridge responds to Oracle obsession with Kiwi team By NewstalkZB and Sail-World, , 10:01 PM Sat 14 Jun 2014
Emirates Team NZ Chief Operating Officer Kevin Shoebridge told Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch the syndicate has always been open about the fact it would struggle this year. Later in the interview he covered the attacks that have been made on Team NZ by Oracle's Jimmy Spithill, describing him as having an unhealthy obsession with the team and its management. ...[more]

America's Cup: Team NZ fine with two venues despite cost + Video By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:02 PM Sat 14 Jun 2014
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 ...[more]

NZL Sailing Team: Only one race sailed on another light air day By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 9:30 AM Sat 14 Jun 2014
It was another tough day for the race committee and sailors in the 2014 European Laser Standard and Laser Radial Championships, on now in Split, Croatia where just one race was completed by the gold fleets on the penultimate day of the regatta. ...[more]

America's Cup: NZ Govt looks to sponsors to come to Team NZ party By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:41 AM Sat 14 Jun 2014
After the Friday media conference was held by Emirates team New Zealand to explain their financial position, and put their reaction to the 35th America's Cup Protocol, the NZ Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce, held a separate media conference in Wellington. ...[more]

America's Cup: Dalton reports good progress with sponsors + Full Video By Richard Gladwell, , 2:57 PM Fri 13 Jun 2014
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. ...[more]

America's Cup - Luna Rossa Challenge details team + Video By America's Cup, , 11:52 PM Thu 12 Jun 2014
On Thursday Luna Rossa Challenge released a number of videos and stories detailing their team for the 35th America’s Cup. Patrizio Bertelli, the passionate team principal of Luna Rossa, introduced Max Sirena as skipper for the second consecutive challenge. ...[more]

America's Cup: Spithill says that Challengers were offered second AC62 By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, New Zealand , 3:07 PM Thu 12 Jun 2014
S-W Exclusive: In an interview broadcast on NewstalkZB Thursday afternoon, NZT, Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill says that the America's Cup Challengers were offered the option of having a second AC62 but turned it down. Spithill says the offer is still possibly open to acceptance by the Challenger group. ...[more]

America's Cup: Team New Zealand has just 19 days left to live? By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, New Zealand , 11:00 AM Thu 12 Jun 2014
Financially beleaguered America's Cup challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand has less than 19 days to find sufficient finance to stay alive. In an interview broadcast on Wednesday morning on Radio Sport, in Auckland, Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton said the team had 19 days of financial resources left before the team would be forced to disband ...[more]

America's Cup 35 Protocol: business as usual By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia Editor, , 9:09 AM Thu 12 Jun 2014
The new America’s Cup protocol has been let loose, and already there are mutterings of discontent. Let’s get something quite clear before we go any further: ...[more]

America's Cup: Coutts eliminates San Francisco as 2017 venue By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:07 AM Thu 12 Jun 2014
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. ...[more]

America's Cup - Sir Ben Ainslie launches British Challenge + Video By Mark Chisnell, , 11:17 PM Tue 10 Jun 2014
Sir Ben Ainslie, one of Britain’s most talented sailors, has now launched his bid to win the America’s Cup, the 163-year old trophy never won by Great Britain. The Duchess of Cambridge, a keen sailor herself, attended the launch at the Royal Museums Greenwich to show her support for the campaign. ...[more]

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