They’re back!! Kiwis to challenge

Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand.
Photo: ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
25/09/2013 - San Francisco (USA CA) - 34th America's Cup - Final Match Day 15, ORACLE Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand

On Wednesday, Emirates Team New Zealand announced its intention to challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.

“The team has been working towards this moment almost since the day of the last race in San Francisco,” said CEO Grant Dalton.

“With the assistance of long-time supporters Sir Stephen Tindall, Matteo de Nora and other private Donors and Sponsors, we are delighted to be able to say that we are funded through to late this year,” added Chairman Dr Keith Turner.

Read the full story on the team website here

The team has previously raced for the Cup 8 times (1987, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2013), winning it in 1995 in San Diego and successfully defending on home waters in Auckland in 2000.

In 2013, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Cup as top challenger and stretched out to match point with an 8-1 lead in the America’s Cup Match but couldn’t get the last win it needed to take the Cup home. The Kiwis would fall to ORACLE TEAM USA 9-8 in what was one of the closest and most exciting races for the Cup in history. 

ETNZ join challenger of record Team Australia, as well as Ben Ainslie Racing and Luna Rossa Challenge, both of whom introduced their AC teams recently.