What a Team NZ win could mean for Cup

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‘‘The rac­ing would be in­shore rather than out on the Hau­raki Gulf’’

A larger fleet, the re­turn of some old names, and in­shore rac­ing on Auck­land’s Waitem­ata Har­bour in 2021 – that’s the prospect if Team New Zealand can win back the Amer­ica’s Cup and get to host yacht­ing’s big­gest extravaganza.

Here are some of the key points if they do.

They would likely stage the next re­gatta in 2021 or pos­si­bly 2022. The rac­ing would be in­shore rather than out on the Hau­raki Gulf where the 2000 and 2003 Cups were held which would al­low for more of a ‘‘sta­dium’’ feel, bring­ing the ac­tion close to shore.

That would be pos­si­ble by us­ing the foil­ing craft that have be­come the vogue over the last two re­gat­tas and can op­er­ate in far shal­lower wa­ters and less wind.

A na­tion­al­ity rule would be in­tro­duced, with teams need­ing to have as much as 80 per cent of their crew match­ing the syn­di­cate’s coun­try of ori­gin.

Italy’s Luna Ross syn­di­cate would re­turn to the frame as the Chal­lenger of Record and would in­stru­ment a more tra­di­tional chal­lenger setup than the strange al­liance that has ex­isted be­tween four of the chal­lengers and Or­a­cle.

Aus­tralia, who teased at get­ting in­volved this time only to pull out in frus­tra­tion at work­ing with Or­a­cle, would likely re­turn, given the close prox­im­ity to New Zealand and the mas­sive depth in sail­ing tal­ent there.

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