Team New Zealand parades the Auld Mug through Auckland’s viaduct on their winning return from Bermuda.
Major changes are planned for Auckland’s waterfront in the next few years as the city prepares to host the next America’s Cup.
The regatta won’t come cheap, with estimated costs ranging from $140m to $190m.
Councillors were presented with five venue options at a closed-door meeting on Monday, and Auckland Council’s governing body will be asked to approve a final choice next week.
OPTION 1: Extending Halsey Wharf, which is Team New Zealand’s preferred choice, but is also most expensive.
At this stage the front-runner is an extension to Halsey Wharf, near the recently developed Wynyard Quarter.
That’s the preferred option for Team New Zealand, as it ticks all the right boxes – but it’s also the most expensive.
OPTION 2: Kicking Ports of Auckland off Captain Cook Wharf, with boats launching from the western side.
Two other options involve the Captain Cook Wharf, however those appear to be dead in the water for several reasons.
The wharf is currently used by Ports of Auckland, which is already short on space and has made it clear it cannot vacate Captain Cook in time for the regatta.
Construction around the wharf would also have a “significant impact” on cruise ships, which would need to dock elsewhere.
OPTION 3: Kicking Ports of Auckland off Captain Cook Wharf, with boats launching from the eastern side.
In addition, Team New Zealand has raised concerns about choppy water around Captain Cook Wharf due to the frequent passing of ferries and other vessels.
Rod Marler from Panuku Development Auckland, the city’s regeneration agency, acknowledged Captain Cook no longer appeared viable but said the proposals “needed to be run to ground”.
Two other options also appear unlikely to get the go-ahead as they propose spreading the regatta venue across several waterfront sites.
OPTION 4: Dispersed central. Extensions to Halsey Wharf, Hobson Wharf, and Westhaven Marina.
Team New Zealand has made it clear it wants competing teams grouped together to create the “feeling of one village”.
“A single work platform and building in one area would certainly be preferred,” Marler said.
That leaves Halsey Wharf as the only realistic, viable option for Auckland if it wants to host the 2021 regatta.
OPTION 5: Dispersed clustered. Extensions to Halsey and Hobson Wharfs, with further boats at Wynyard Point.
“We dearly want to host this event in Auckland, and for Aucklanders and new Zealanders to get the benefit from it,” said Steve Armitage, general destination manager for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
Auckland is under pressure to get the process started.
The city has to confirm by August next year or hosting rights could be lost to Italy, although Team New Zealand is eager for its defence to be held in Auckland, as it was in 2000 and 2003
Team New Zealand up on foils in Auckland ahead of its successful America’s Cup challenge in Bermuda.
International teams would look to come to New Zealand as early as two years in advance to begin their training and buildup, meaning construction would need to be substantially completed by mid-2019.
Auckland Council will need to fast-track resource consents in order to meet that deadline.
Armitage said hosting the event would be a worthwhile investment.
“The projections show that from 2018 to 2021, the New Zealand economy stands to benefit to the tune of $555 to $977 million,” he said.
“If Auckland gets this right … There is an opportunity for New Zealand to be viewed as a global leader for maritime events.”
Bermuda, which hosted the 35th America’s Cup in June, recently released a report revealing the regatta was worth US$336 million (NZ$483m) to the island nation.
It appears Auckland Council and central government will split the costs of hosting the event, with additional funding from the private sector.
“Our intent is to try and minimise the exposure to the ratepayer and taxpayer,” Marler said.
However Armitage said those discussions took place when National was in power, and acknowledged the new government was yet to confirm whether it would stick to the agreement.
“We haven’t heard anything from ministers yet suggesting they’re unhappy with it,” he said.
Marler said there had been a lot of discussion among councillors when they were presented with the options on Monday afternoon.
“They appreciate the weight that is on their shoulders,” he said.
A final decision will be made by the governing body on November 23.
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America’s Cup-winning skipper John Bertrand has offered to help decorated sailor Tom Slingsby in his bid to get Australia contesting the famous event for the first time in more than 20 years.
America’s Cup winner John Bertrand wants to help Tom Slingsby’s bid to get a local boat up in 2021.
Bertrand guided Australia II to victory in 1983, breaking the United States’ monopoly of the competition.
Australia haven’t had a boat in the America’s Cup since 2000, although three of the 2017 entrants had Aussie skippers.
Slingsby, the 2010 world sailor of the year, 2012 Olympic men’s Laser gold medallist and two-time America’s Cup representative aboard Oracle Team USA, is keen to get an Australian boat up for the 2021 event in New Zealand.
“Tom Slingsby is endeavouring to pull it together. I’ve said to Tom, ‘I’ll help in any way I can’,” Bertrand told AAP on Friday.
“But it’s up to the people who are willing to underpin something like this to maybe 90 per cent of the total budget, so that’s always the challenge.
“The question is can the various people put the amount of money in that’s required to be competitive?
“There’s no question that the technology and the people are available.
“But as we say in the hard-nosed world of the America’s Cup, ‘no cash, no splash’, so you’ve got to have the bucks to be able to play this game.”
Bertrand and his Australia II crew on Friday were among the initial inductees into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.
The intake also included Kay Cottee, the first female to sail unassisted, non-stop around the globe.
Paralympians Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, who last year became the first Australian sailing team or crew to defend a gold medal at the Olympics or Paralympics, were also inducted.
Successful Olympians formed a significant part of the first group of inductees.
The contingent included Rolly Tasker, Australia’s first sailing world champion and first Olympic medallist.
Also inducted were Bill Northam, Peter O’Donnell and James Sargeant, who teamed up to win the nation’s first Olympic gold medal at the 1964 Games in Tokyo.
Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell were the first Australian women to win an Olympic sailing gold medal.
Successful coach Victor Kovalenko was also inducted.
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British skipper Sir Ben Ainslie believes the new monohulls could be as exciting as the foiling catamarans used over the last two editions of the America’s Cup.
Ainslie has reiterated his intent to contest the next America’s Cup in Auckland 2021 and says he’s comfortable with the transition back to monohulls confirmed by holders Emirates Team New Zealand.
Ainslie, who won the Cup with Oracle on board the giant 72-foot catamarans in San Francisco in 2013 and then built his own British team for Bermuda 2017 where smaller 50-foot catamarans were used, reaffirmed he would have liked to have stayed in multihulls but has become increasingly at ease with the design U-turn since Team New Zealand released details of the protocol for 2021 in late September.
“We are comfortable with the transition. The key people in our sailing, design, engineering and support teams all have a great deal of relevant experience,” Ainslie told Boatinterantional.com.
“Although I feel that stability and staying with the multihull for the next America’s Cup would have been the best decision, this new boat could be just as exciting.”
More details of the 75-foot state-of-the art monohull will be released publicly on November 30 and the class rule will be confirmed by March 31.
But there is little doubt that Ainslie has been given a better picture of what’s in store as Team New Zealand courts challengers for their Auckland defence.
Ainslie, despite his tussles with Team New Zealand in Bermuda that included a dramatic round-robin clash ahead of their challengers semifinal won by the Kiwis, has strong links with the syndicate, having been part of their mix in the old monohull days.
He says his team won’t be greatly affected by team New Zealand’s decision to tighten the nationality laws.
“Land Rover BAR has always had a British identity, so a nationality rule suits us well with strong homegrown talent in our sailing team,” he said, though he predicted problems for some other potential syndicates.
“We are yet to see which teams will continue from the last America’s Cup, but a couple of them were very multi-national and they will have to reconfigure their sailing teams to meet the new residency requirements, which will be expensive.”
He felt the release of the class rule would determine how many teams would be involved in the Auckland regatta.
“The America’s Cup will always be a sporting and design race and there is a need for the best talent. The top end of sport is expensive,” he told Boatinternational.com.
Ainslie was thankful for having the ongoing support of his major sponsors who backed his dream to return the America’s Cup to its original home and there was a desire to build strongly on what they had achieved in their Bermuda debut.
He had retained a core team amidst a robust review of their Bermuda effort.
The Brits had constant speed problems which never made them a serious contender and that was something they needed to address.
“We are restructuring and examining where our specific focus should be to create a winning formula,” Ainslie, hugely respected internationally, said.
“As a new team, we were playing a game of catch up all the way through the 35th America’s Cup and that put a lot of pressure on us. While we did make mistakes in strategy we have identified them and learned from them.
“If I had to pick one thing out for the next campaign, it’s to do a better job of matching our racing strategy to the available resources.”
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Beaten skipper Jimmy Spithill has given a strong indication that Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA will stay in the America’s Cup and try to win back the Auld Mug.
The future of the powerful American syndicate has been one of the main intrigues of the competition since Emirates Team New Zealand wrestled the Cup away from them in Bermuda in June.
Team New Zealand’s decision to return to monohulls and go away from the multihulls that Ellison and Oracle championed in the last three editions, added to doubts about their involvement in the next Cup to be sailed in Auckland in 2021.
There have even been suggestions that Ellison may look to set up a rival competition, keeping the 50-foot foiling catamarans that impressed in Bermuda alive.
But Spithill, in a chat with one of his and Oracle’s sponsors, Red Bull, said there was a desire within the syndicate to avenge their loss.
“We will definitely be chasing this America’s Cup,” he told Redbull.com.
Spithill said Ellison would want to fully digest the latest protocol released by Team New Zealand.
“But we want to go and get that Cup back. When you’ve been involved with a great group of people, especially a successful team, it is addictive. It does become an obsession. Once you get the taste of it, you want to taste it again,” he said, admitting he was now in a different position.
“Being the defender, you have a target on your back. Every single one of those teams wants to take you down. And now we find ourselves in the position where we are one of the teams now – we are chasing the defender.”
Spithill said it had been a difficult time coming to terms with the loss in Bermuda.
“Losing the America’s Cup is one of the toughest things I have ever experienced. It is hard to put it into words. It is a real empty feeling. For me, one of the worst things is letting people down, and that is how I left this America’s Cup. Feeling, that ultimately, I let all my team-mates down. I have got to embrace that. You have got to feel the pain somewhat and use that to motivate you and to learn the lessons,” he told Redbull.com.
“At the end of every America’s Cup campaign, regardless of whether you win or lose, there is always a period of somewhat depression.
“You go from having a routine: you get up, go to training, go out on the water, all your meals are planned, you get used to operating right on the edge; then at the end of the campaign, it stops. You wake up and you don’t know what to do with yourself. You think, ‘well what do I do now?’ It takes some time to be able to wind down and go back to normal family life.”
But he was determined to take positives from the loss.
“After such a long campaign with so much on the line, when you’re on the losing end you have to make sure that you reflect on the experience. You want to learn from it and make sure you grow stronger from it so you can come back and have the chance to race again for it. I think what I have come back with is that [in our campaign] we were too conservative and I didn’t go with my instincts enough.”
Any new Oracle challenge for the America’s Cup would be hit by the tougher nationality rules imposed by Team New Zealand. Oracle’s crews in San Francisco 2013 and Bermuda 2017 were largely Australian-flavoured, including Spithill, tactician Tom Slingsby, and wing trimmer Kyle Langford.
Slingsby is already investigating the possibility of launching an Australian challenge for the Cup.
Syndicates can register their challenges for the 2021 America’s Cup from January 1 next year with a cut-off of June 30 to avoid a US$1m late entry penalty fee.
The New York Yacht Club have already confirmed their intentions to be in Auckland but there has been strong speculation in the United States of additional American involvement.
Britain’s Ben Ainslie Racing say they are keen to be involved in Auckland as are Team France.
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Nathan Outteridge skippered Artemis in the Louis Vuitton challenger series for the 2017 America’s Cup. Photo credit: Photosport
While the New York Yacht Club is set to compete for the America’s Cup again, along with challengers of record Luna Rossa, just who else will be on the start line in Auckland in 2021 remains to be seen.
Team New Zealand was pushed hard by Swedish syndicate Artemis in Bermuda before Peter Burling and co beat Oracle Team USA to win the Auld Mug.
Artemis’ owner Torbjörn Törnqvist is waiting to see the full protocol, and just what the switch back to monohulls means before committing to the race, skipper Nathan Outteridge told Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE’s Sunday Sport.
“The protocol doesn’t specifically say what type of boat, but a change to monohulls means a reasonable change,” said Outteridge.
“Speaking for myself I’d like to see the progression and development of high-performance sailing boats, but it’s not my position to make that decision so we’ll have to wait and see.”
He said Törnqvist was “very passionate” about the direction the America’s Cup was heading in.
“He thinks that for himself and his involvement in sailing, he would like the high performance foiling yachts, so I think that will play a big part in what he wants to do,” Outteridge said.
“But until we see the full details, it’s hard to make a commitment one way or another.”
It’s not yet known if the monohulls will be foiling or not.
If Artemis decide not to compete at the 36th edition of the America’s Cup, Outteridge admitted he’s not sure exactly what he would do, but he is expecting them to challenge.
Artemis’ owner Torbjörn Törnqvist. Photo credit: AAP
“I’m very committed to Artemis at this stage,” he said.
“I have been with them for the last two campaigns and had many discussions with Törnqvist about the team’s future, so should the team decide to go ahead and race at the America’s Cup I’ll be there with them putting together a sailing team.
“Having said all that, if the team decides not to enter, I haven’t thought that far ahead, so we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Outteridge said Artemis decides not to compete, he’d want to join the Australian boat.
“I think that would great if Tom could make that happen,” said Outteridge.
“It’s about finding the right people and getting them involved, and I think Tom has been working hard on that, so I’m confident he will be able to get it together.
“Tom and I have been mates for a long time and funnily enough we have never sailed together, so if Artemis decided not to go ahead, then I’d love to compete with Australia.”
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The next America’s Cup scheduled for 2021 is shaping up to be a “royal” sailing event of eminent competitors of America’s Cup royalty with not only Luna Rossa (ITA) returning to the competition, but also the New York Yacht Club (USA) after what will be in 2021 an 18-year absence.
The US club who held the America’s Cup for 132 years may again be racing the aristocratic Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR), for the first time, in the America’s Cup since the 1958 Match in Newport, Rhode Island.
Whether or not you are a follower of the America’s Cup, New Zealand Government funding of an America’s Cup in New Zealand is an independently documented economic winner for all New Zealand. There are several published independent economic reports all of which illustrate the enormous gains for New Zealand when the America’s Cup was held in Auckland in 2000 and again in 2003.(i)
After the America’s Cup was won in 1995, both central and local Government invested $130m in helping to host the next Cup event in Auckland. Much of that expenditure was in the redevelopment of Auckland’s Viaduct Basin to house competitor bases.
What was the payback? A $639.6m windfall to New Zealand economy, 10,620 new full-time jobs and a legacy public amenity. Central government expenditure was more than recouped through an increased tax take by way of GST, PAYE, FBT, fuel tax and import duties collections paid by competitors, officials, event and team sponsors as well as additional visitors to New Zealand.
Local government continues to enjoy the substantially increased rates revenue it receives from the redeveloped Viaduct Basin area.
Team New Zealand’s home win over Luna Rossa in 2000 made for even more spectacular returns. With the facilities already built, a more modest $8m was needed from the government for the 2002/2003 America’s Cup, but New Zealand received yet another $533.4m injection into its economy and another 8,180 full-time jobs.
Central government received another massive tax windfall. It is these successive tax windfalls that help fund extra government expenditure in health, education and social services. They also demonstrate why it is vitally important to invest not only in the event but also in Team New Zealand so that the nation might continue to enjoy these benefits.
What New Zealand’s past America’s Cup experiences tell us, there is an indisputable economic case for government support for the 36th America’s Cup deserving bi-partisan support. Central and local government politics and personalities should not be allowed do not sink the boat.
The provision in the recently published Protocol, of the 36th America’s Cup event allowing the event to be lost to Italy, needs to be taken seriously. As past America’s Cup arbitrations and New York courts have affirmed, there is no legal requirement in the Deed of Gift that racing for the Cup must be in the home waters of the Cup holder.
As the trustee of the Cup, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron owes legal duties, not to the New Zealand economy, but to do the best for the Cup competition.
Make no mistake, Italy, the only other nation where Cup is as deeply popular as it is has been in New Zealand, will be as eager to hold the event, as it was when it put its hand up in 2003 and after the Golden Gate Yacht Club won the Cup from Alinghi in 2010.
Now is the time for our political leaders to put aside party politics and together step up to the sort of leadership well demonstrated by our sporting leaders before it is too late.
Hamish Ross is a 20 year America’s Cup legal veteran over five America’s Cup campaigns, mostly with overseas based teams and was between 2003-2011 involved in America’s Cup venue negotiations both in Europe and in North America. He currently lives in Auckland.
(i) The Economic Impact of the America’s Cup Regatta, Auckland 1999-2000 (McDermont Fairgray Group, Auckland, 2000); The America’s Cup Build-Up to the 2003 Defence (Market Economics Limited for the Ministry of Tourism, New Zealand, Auckland, October 2002); The Economic Impact of the 2003 America’s Cup Defence (Market Economics Limited for the Ministry of Tourism, New Zealand, Auckland, October 2003);Comparison of the America’s Cup Economic Impact 2000-2003 (Market Economics Limited for the New Zealand Ministry of Tourism, Auckland, 2003).
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Team Dennis Conner competed at the 2003 America’s Cup.
The New York Yacht Club is expected to announce their challenge for the 36th America’s Cup tomorrow.
Sailing website sailinganarchy.com reports a syndicate funded mainly by the DeVos family (Quantum Racing, Amway) and long-time maxi competitor Hap Fauth is poised to re-enter the Cup.
The club, which has a long history with the America’s Cup has not competed since 2003 in Auckland with Dennis Conner and Stars and Stripes.
Britain, Australia and Switzerland have expressed interest in the 2021 Auckland event and Challenger of Record Luna Rossa of Italy will be on the startline.
Sailinganarchy also reports that a US west coast challenge is being talked about and Swiss
syndicate Alinghi has also hinted it may be involved.
Groupama Team France also intends to be in Auckland.
New York won the first America’s Cup challenge in 1851 and held it until 1983 when businessman Alan Bond’s Australia II brought it Downunder.
Team France’s Franck Cammas has said they will do everything to get to Auckland.
“The Cup remains the Cup, with major technological developments, and I like it. If we have the means, we will go with motivation. We will work hard to get there. ”
Cammas admitted they would have preferred to continue in the 50-foot foiling catamaran class but believed they could be competitive in a high-performance monohull, noting he and his Groupama team had won the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, beating Team New Zealand’s entry Camper.
“It is a return to a tradition of the Cup. I’m not saying it’s good news, we have to adapt. The last time we built a boat (except for Bermuda), it was a monohull, and it was the fastest in the world. The monohull is not unknown to us in France. You do not have to have a complex. ”
Having largely relied on French sailors for Bermuda, Cammas liked the nationality clause brought in by the Kiwis around the crew. The biggest obstacle would be finance, predicting his team’s budget of $25m for Bermuda would need to increase by a further $12m to be competitive.
Source: NZ Herald
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There were few surprises at a pre-election meeting hosted by Penlink Now in Manly recently – although the strong turnout came as a surprise to organisers.
There can be few other single issues on the Coast that would drag close to 100 people out to a public meeting on a cold and rainy Sunday.
All the Rodney candidates views on Penlink were already well publicised, most recently in Hibiscus Matters’ election guide (September 6 issue).
At the meeting, on September 10, candidates from National and NZ First promised speedy delivery of the project. A more measured tone came from Labour. Candidate Marja Lubeck said her party is putting more money into regionally significant roads, and that Penlink should be top of that list. She favours the four-lane option, saying that the two-lane road was approved in 2001 and since then there has been significant growth. She said Labour will (within six months of taking office) review Penlink along with other large roading projects and agree a new, updated 30-year Auckland Transport Alignment Project with Auckland Council.
Rodney MP Mark Mitchell made a commitment to get the project started as a state highway, within three years of being re-elected. He said that Penlink is the first project on Crown Infrastructure Partners’ ‘to do’ list and that it will be delivered as tolled road via a Public Private Partnership (PPP).
He said to get it started within three years it will need to be the two-lane version, with clip ons possible at a later date to extend it to four lanes.
NZ First’s Tracey Martin promised to deliver the full, four-lane road as a Build Own Operate and Transfer Back (BOOT) or PPP and questioned the need for tolls, saying it would be the only road in Auckland to require them and once private investment is obtained, Government should “stump up the rest”. “Why should we be the only people in Auckland paying a toll?” she asked.
ACT’s Beth Houlbrooke was focused on ensuring that Penlink allows for driverless electric cars, which take up less space and could effectively turn two lanes into three.
The meeting was chaired by Penlink Now chair Stephen Lyttleton, who said the team currently has eight members, including four who joined 14 years ago.
One foundation member, Gerry Rea of Arkles Bay, put forward a funding proposal that involves the issue of bonds for public subscription underwritten by Government. This gained a favourable response, particularly from Tracey Martin.
Details of Mr Rea’s proposal are linked here.
If Penlink is built as a two-lane highway, Auckland Transport plans to keep it that way as long as possible.
The plan is to control the number of cars using the road by raising the toll if demand gets too heavy and traffic begins to clog up.
Auckland Transport’s (AT) strategic projects group manager, Theunis van Schalkwyk, told the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board that the two-lane option is all about value for money – improving the cost/benefit ratio and increasing revenue from tolling.
“Previously the toll revenue was to be at similar levels to the Northern Gateway for a period of around 25 years after which the toll would be removed,” he said. “As soon as the tolls are removed, demand will go up, and four lanes might be needed, so the idea is to manage demand by never removing the toll and putting the price up if demand gets too heavy.”
Member Caitlin Watson asked how much the toll could be and Mr van Schalkwyk said it was originally $2.20 but could go up to $3.80 and would be adjusted every three years.
He said “demand management” would mean Penlink could remain a two-lane road for a lot longer than 25 years. It would also allow buses to operate without the need for dedicated bus lanes; he said the current two-lane design includes a shared cycle/walkway.
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In an innovative solution to a problem, Fairway Bay developers Top Harbour has reached an agreement in principle with the NZ Defence Force to reconstruct a rifle range at the Army Bay training base.
Fairway Bay is expected to generate approximately 10,000m3 of surplus clean fill as part of the next stage of its development. Using this to improve the Army’s rifle range is “a win-win situation” according to Top Harbour development consultant Michael Webb-Speight.
He says there are constraints on the use of the Defence Force’s existing rifle range, particularly due to the popularity of a fishing spot in the safety zone – the range can’t be used when there are boats within the safety exclusion zone.
While the details are still being finalised, Mr Webb-Speight says the idea is to use the excess material to change the geometry of the rifle range, improving its safety characteristics. The changes will make the exclusion zone smaller so that there will be more days when shooting practice can take place.
“Opportunities like this do not come along very often”, Mr Webb-Speight says. “It is truly a win-win situation – where Defence get the benefit of an improved training facility at no cost, and we get to safely dispose of surplus material without upsetting the residents along the peninsula.”
Fairway Bay will pay all the costs of obtaining the relevant consents and doing the work, which is expected to take place over summer. Mr Webb-Speight says that he expects that this will be less expensive than it would have been to move the material off the peninsula – in addition, it will significantly reduce the traffic effects of truck movements on Whangaparaoa Road and through Silverdale.
He says Top Harbour did something similar a few years ago, using fill to make a new driving range at Gulf Harbour Country Club.
Rodney MP and Defence Minister Mark Mitchell, who has been consulted on the plan, says he is pleased that a practical common-sense solution has been found, with clear benefits for all parties.
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Emirates Team New Zealand cycler Andy Maloney, third from left, reacts as they cross the finish line to win the fifth race of America’s Cup sailing competition against Oracle Team USA. Photo / AP.
Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton has confirmed cyclors will play no part in the next America’s Cup.
The Kiwi team’s radical pedal-powered innovation was one of the key factors in Team NZ’s stunning win in Bermuda this year, but it appears bikes on boats are set to be consigned to a quirky footnote in the annals of America’s Cup history.
Team NZ will announce their plans for the 36th America’s Cup next week, but the full design rules will not be released until November 30. However, in an interview with Italian publication La Stampa, Dalton indicated the rules wouldn’t allow for cyclors.
When asked if it would be “goodbye to the sailing cyclists”, Dalton told La Stampa “grinders are coming back”.
The Team NZ cyclors were one of a handful of factors that gave the team a healthy speed advantage over their rivals in Bermuda, where they went on to demolish Oracle 7-1 in the Cup match. The cycling innovation was a response to a unique set of challenges posed by the design rules for the power-thirsty and undermanned America’s Cup Class catamarans sailed in Bermuda.
But one of the criticisms of the spectacular high-tech catamarans was that of the six crew on board, three were there to provide the grunt alone, leaving no room for the traditional sailing roles such as bowmen and trimmers.
Since getting their hands on the Auld Mug in June, Team NZ, together with challenger of record Luna Rossa, have made no secret of their intention to return to some of the more traditional elements of the America’s Cup – that appears to include eschewing some of the very factors that gave Team NZ take the Cup in the first place.
Last week, prompted by another article in Italian media, Team NZ announced the next America’s Cup would be sailed in a “high performance monohull”. Some took that to mean a foiling monohull, but Dalton is yet to confirm if that will be the case.
He again dodged the question when it was posed by La Stampa, saying only: “More details will released on November 30″.
Dalton was more open when the talk turned to the team, refuting the suggestion that a return to monohulls would neutralise their design advantage in the multihulls.
“We believe our design team is capable of giving us another great yacht, and that catamarans wouldn’t be ideal for the [choppy sea state] in Auckland. But I want it to be clear that winning the America’s Cup is a privilege, a privilege that includes the duty to safeguard it’s sporting value. That comes before individual advantage.”
Dalton also confirmed the nationality rule they had sign-posted months ago would be for the sailors only and would require only a percentage of the crew carry a passport from the competing country.
Source: NZ Herald
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Oracle Team USA owner Larry Ellison, middle, might be waving goodbye to the America’s Cup. Photo / Photosport
Oracle boss Larry Ellison may have had enough of the America’s Cup.
Leading US sailing journalist Bob Fisher, writing for Yachts & Yachting, says former Oracle syndicate leader Kiwi Sir Russell Coutts had confirmed Ellison might not be at the next Cup in Auckland in 2021.
In an email to Fisher, Coutts said: “My understanding is that Oracle/Larry will not be entering.”
Fisher said it appeared “one Rich American Called Larry Ellison has had enough – the cost of the Cup has proved too high even for him. Which leaves one to wonder just who will show up?
“Maybe there will be several challenges from Europe too – another Italian one is on the cards, and possibly one from France.
“The presence of Bruno Trouble is needed to return some semblance of the grandeur of earlier days and then the Cup is up and running once more. Thank you Kiwis for winning.”
Writing on the sailingillustrated.com website former Cup legend Tom Ehman said he didn’t think the cost of the Cup was an issue for Ellison.
“As I said earlier this week with my take on the number of teams/countries for AC36, never count Larry out.
“That doesn’t mean that I think he will muster Another challenge, but it is too early to tell.
“Everyone, including Larry, is waiting for the protocol to be issued by RNZYS and CNDS, promised later this month.”
Billionaire Ellison, founded BMW Oracle Racing in 2003 to compete in his first America’s Cup. In 2010 Cup in Valencia, Ellison’s yacht USA 17 beat Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi to return the Cup to America for the first time since 1995.
In 2013 Oracle beat Team New Zealand in San Francisco but this year Team NZ had revenge in Bermuda to return the Cup to New Zealand.
Four-time America’s Cup winner Dennis Conner has predicted Ellison would not attempt to regain the Cup in Auckland.
Conner believes “it’s the end of the Coutts era” and that would likely mean no further involvement from Ellison.
“Coutts looked like he’d had enough of the Cup to me,” Conner observed of the Kiwi legend’s organisational efforts in Bermuda.
“He has made more money from sailing than anyone in the entire world. He will return to his homeland and be well received as one of the greatest America’s Cup sailors ever.
“It will take a little while for them to forget that he was the one that took the Cup off them … but he has a lot of friends there.
“He will help bring the youth of New Zealand along even faster than we might have expected.”
Conner predicted such a move would impact on Ellison, who had employed Coutts as his right-hand man in yachting.
“Who will Larry trust to run his team if Russell Coutts has gone? I think we will see Larry retiring and moving on to other things that Larry does.”
Conner said the strong word he was hearing was that Richard DeVos, a co-founder of Amway and owner of the Orlando Magic NBA team, was set to challenge.
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Team New Zealand have confirmed reports that the America’s Cup is heading back to monohulls.
Luna Rossa boss Patrizio Bertelli, the Italian Challenger of Record, broke news of the move away from catamarans in an interview with La Stampa on Monday (NZT).
Bertelli said the return to monohulls, albeit radical foiling ones, was a condition of Luna Rossa helping Team New Zealand win the last America’s Cup in Bermuda.
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Team New Zealand sent out confirmation of Bertelli’s comments on Monday evening.
“Currently there are a team of designers, lead by Emirates Team New Zealand design coordinator Dan Bernasconi working on various exciting monohull concepts which will eventually help shape the AC36 Class Rule,” they said in a statement.
“Emirates Team New Zealand have been consulting with a number of potential challengers and there is an overall desire to have a spectacular monohull yacht that will be exciting to match race, but also one that the public and sailors can relate to as a sail boat that really challenges a full crew of professional yachtsman around the race track.”
Team New Zealand were set to unveil the protocol for the 2021 America’s Cup in Auckland later this month, but when La Stampa asked Bertelli on Monday (NZT) if the Cup would still feature catamarans, he replied: “No, you’re back to monohulls.”
“It was the condition for Luna Rossa to help them with men and means in the last edition.”
He said the new monohulls “will be very powerful boats” without going into details of the foiling capabilities.
Bertelli confirmed there would also be tighter nationality rules, as indicated by Team New Zealand.
He said there would also be pre-America’s Cup racing held in Italy.
Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena, seen here with Patrizio Bertelli was a key figure in team New Zealand’s America’s Cup success in Bermuda.
Luna Rossa withdrew from the last America’s Cup early in the Bermuda cycle, unhappy at the constant rule changes implemented by then holders Oracle Team USA.
But they handed Team New Zealand a test boat and the services of several sailors and technical staff, including skipper Max Sirena who became Team New Zealand’s technical advisor and part of the syndicate’s management.
The move helped the cash-strapped Kiwis with their successful development programme and kept the Italians in the game. It also continued a strong partnership between the New Zealand and Italian syndicates that included the Kiwis handing them design data for the 2013 Cup in San Francisco.
Foiling catamarans have featured at the last two America’s Cup.
Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton told Stuff last mont that the protocol for 2021 was “basically done” and they were only tweaking details.
A move to a foiling monohull was widely speculated in the aftermath to Bermuda.
The 20-19-20 Volvo Ocean Race will feature foiling monohulls with the revolutionary 60-foot boats the brainchild of Emirates Team New Zealand designer Guillaume Verdier.
It’s expected they will be able to foil at speeds of 35-40 knots in 20 knots of wind, hinting at the possibilities of an America’s Cup monohull.
The top speeds achieved by the catamarans at the last two Cup was 47.57 knots by Team New Zealand in their giant 72-footer in San Francisco.
Team New Zealand said further details of the protocol for the 36th America’s Cup will be announced at the end of the month.
Source: – Stuff
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Phil Goff said he is not interested in funding the event, but is interested in an infrastructure legacy as was left by the 2000 Defence. Photo / Greg Bowker
Auckland has less than two years to build facilities for the America’s Cup defence, it emerged today.
Auckland councillors heard the city needs to have facilities built by mid-2019 when the first challenger syndicates arrive in Auckland for the 2021 defence.
Urgent work is underway to consider the options for basing the syndicates on the Auckland waterfront, which include a 60m to 80m Halsey Wharf extension north of the Viaduct Harbour, an extension to Westhaven Marina and Captain Cook Wharf.
Panuku Waterfront chief operating officer David Rankin said there is not much time considering the complexity of the issues and involvement of different parties, including Auckland Council and central government.
“There is a lot to pull together,” he said.
Mayor Phil Goff said the decision to hold the defence of the cup had still not been made by Team New Zealand and would only be made if there was a suitable place for the syndicate bases.
He has instructed council chief executive Stephen Town to work with council bodies to look at all the options and come back to councillors with what works and achieves a legacy for Auckland.
“I’m not interested in funding the race. I am interested in an infrastructure legacy for Auckland in the same way the Viaduct Basin was (for the first America’s Cup defence in 2000),” Goff said.
Rankin said officials were meeting today to apply criteria to the list of options, saying recommendations are due to be presented to councillors by the end of this month.
The urgency surrounding a site for the America’s Cup syndicates, which requires 30,000sq m of space, was disclosed at council’s planning committee today.
It came when councillors were considering the latest plan for the city’s waterfront that includes reclaiming part of the Ferry Basin for more public space and making the downtown area more pedestrian-friendly.
There was a push by the Waitemata Local Board, City Centre Integration Group and some councillors to exclude the Halsey Wharf extension option, which has been on the radar since 2012 as an option for superyachts in the long term.
But Goff and a majority of councillors voted to keep Halsey Wharf on the table, with the mayor saying Town’s job would be near-impossible if options were ruled out before looking at the evidence.
“He has got to come back and give us evidence-based advice and then we have got to make a decision,” Goff said.
Councillors voted to include the latest plans for the waterfront and central city into the new 10-year budget where it will be “tested and interrogated” against other spending needs.
Goff has said the plan will have to compete with transport, housing and town centre upgrades for scarce funds during the budget process.
The plan bears similarities to a central wharves strategy in 2015 that came to a halt when Aucklanders went to war with council and Ports of Auckland over further reclamation of Waitemata Harbour for port use.
Removing imported cars off the port-owned Captain Cook Wharf and extend it at a cost of $50 million to $100m as the main cruise-ship terminal.
Turning most of Victoria St into a park between Albert and Victoria Parks and a new bus terminal on Wellesley St near the two universities.
Removing buses from the Britomart precinct and creating bus stops at the eastern end of Quay St as far as a roundabout near Commerce St. Quay St will be reduced to two lanes for general traffic and drivers will be encouraged to use Customs St.
A 20m reclamation at the Ferry Basin to create more open space as part of a compensation package for the sale of QEII Square to Precinct Properties for its commercial tower and shopping mall on the site of the old Downtown Shopping Centre.
Replacing the eight ferry berths with 12 to 15 berths along the western side of Queens Wharf.
Repairing the seawall along the waterfront at a cost of about $40m.
Removing about 40 carparks on the eastern viaduct by early next year.
Replacing the pedestrian lifting bridge from the Viaduct Harbour with a new $20m to $30m bridge.
Reconfiguring the 4.5ha park at the end of Wynyard Wharf to include parkland down the eastern side and freeing up land near the point on the western side for apartments.
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A dolphin in the Hauraki Gulf, playing with boats in the harbour. Photo/ Katja May
Footage of dolphins playing near boats in the Hauraki Gulf shot on Sunday is proof of the paradise we live in, the woman who filmed it says.
Katja May was out for a day on the water this weekend when a group of dolphins swam up to the 12m launch she was in.
“They were all around us, it was pretty awesome,” she said.
“They were coming up to the boats, communicating with us, turning their bellies upside down. It was amazing.”
About two other boats were in the Gulf harbour and May said her skipper made a point of cruising at a slow speed while the dolphins were in the area.
“They just came up to the boat – it was hard to leave them behind.”
May, who is originally from Germany but has lived in New Zealand for 11 years, said these kind of experiences were why she loved living here.
“I really think we live in paradise.”
May runs an eco-tour company, Blue Voluntours, which offers tourists the chance to sightsee as well as help look after the marine environment.
She saw the dolphins once more, cast against the light as the sun was setting and her boat was anchoring after returning from the day trip.
“I’ve seen them a few times but this was very special.”
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Owning the seabed, as Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour does at its marina, has allowed for innovative construction on floating pontoons.
A small boatshed, to be used as a marine education centre is already in place, with 27 tiny houses (around 35sqm each) also to be built on pontoons within the marina.
The plans for the boatshed houses, which provide an alternative to living on board a cruising boat, were made public at the end of 2015 and are now at the building consent stage.
The floating houses already have resource consent from Auckland Council, which required assessment under the NZ Coastal Policy Statement as well as under the Coastal Marina Zone provisions of the Unitary Plan and Gulf Harbour Marina precinct.
Resource consent natural resources and specialist input manager, Daniel Sansbury, says he has not had any similar proposals come across his desk.
“Aside from Fairway Bay, we have not received any other applications for floating accommodation/residential activities,” Mr Sansbury says. “This could be because the Auckland Unitary Plan includes a requirement to demonstrate a functional or operational need for such activities.”
The proposed dwellings have a ground floor and loft/mezzanine, with power, water and sewage services supplied.
Top Harbour development consultant Michael Webb Speight says that the boat sheds won’t be actively promoted or sold until building consent is issued, which he hopes will be within two months.
He says building consent approval is complicated by the fact that Top Harbour needs to show how it will comply with the Building Act – which isn’t written or intended for houses that float.
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A historic boatshed sitting on Ngapipi Rd, Orakei, by the water’s edge is for sale with an asking price well above the nationwide average house price.
One of the seventeen heritage-protected boat sheds lining the water of Hobson Bay has a for sale sign with a price tag of $700,000.
This price is well above the nationwide average of $631,147 and the Home Start grant price cap of $650,000 for first home buyers in Auckland.
The No. 2 shed sits second along from the intersection with Tamaki Drive and has a short jetty that juts out onto the water.
It gives the impression of being quite spacious; but anyone hoping to turn it into a nice living space will be disappointed.
Auckland Council manager natural resources and specialist input, resource consents, Andrew Benson, said the sheds were for boats only.
“The resource consents for the sheds restrict their use to boat storage and maintenance of vessels, which is what the sheds were originally consented for and built for, and is consistent with their recognised heritage values.”
The person listing the boatshed for sale has been contacted for comment, but was unable to be reached today.
Without getting a glimpse inside it’s impossible to see what $700,000 is likely to get you and what, if any, extras the boatshed will come with.
However, for history buffs the price could be well worth paying for a piece of marine history.
According to Auckland Council documents the shed is one of 17 built by settlers in the bay in the early 1920s and 1930s.
“From the middle of the 1920s the Auckland Harbour Board started receiving applications for boatsheds on the seaward side of the sewer.
“However the first of these sheds was not built until 1930, following the development of rail and road connections linking the eastern bays with the city”.
Council documents said the cream and green colours of the picturesque sheds became the enforced standard design to help achieve a uniform look for the row of sheds.
These became a cultural heritage site, granting them protection, in 2008 and are seen as an example of a common building type from the 1930s.
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