Otago Daily Times

Team NZ vows to fight for dumped cour­ses

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- Sports · New Zealand · Air New Zealand · Wellington, New Zealand · United States of America · Team New Zealand · Auckland Region · North Shore · Ineos · United Kingdom · Newstalk ZB

WELLING­TON: Amer­ica’s Cup de­fender Team New Zealand has vowed to ‘‘move heaven and earth’’ to have two cour­ses clos­est to Auck­land’s beaches re­in­stated for next year’s re­gatta.

An in­de­pen­dent ar­bi­tra­tion panel ruled this week that two of the five planned cour­ses could not be used as they were not avail­able for the en­tirety of the re­gatta, which runs from Jan­uary to March.

The cour­ses are in the Ran­gi­toto Chan­nel clos­est to Auck­land’s in­ner city wa­ter­front and along the North Shore’s east­ern beaches, al­low­ing land­based spec­ta­tors to watch the AC75 foil­ing mono­hulls com­pete.

‘‘We as the de­fender would ab­so­lutely move heaven and earth to change this,’’ Team New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Grant Dal­ton told New­stalk ZB.

‘‘It’s a tragedy at the mo­ment that the Chal­lenger of Record through Luna Rossa has been able to de­stroy the abil­ity for the pub­lic to watch from the van­tage point.

‘‘This has al­ways been our vi­sion to have this and to show­case Auck­land and New Zealand to the world on TV.

‘‘So this or­gan­i­sa­tion will move heaven and earth and al­ready is talk­ing to the coun­cil, ports of Auck­land, the har­bour mas­ter to see if we can change this,’’ Dal­ton said.

Italian syn­di­cate Luna Rossa, which is the Chal­lenger of Record, brought the case to the ar­bi­tra­tion panel but was also sup­ported by the two other chal­lengers, INEOS Team UK and Amer­i­can Magic.

Auck­land’s har­bour mas­ter had re­stricted the use of the two cour­ses, ex­cept for dur­ing the fi­nal of the Chal­lenger series in mid­Fe­bru­ary and for the Amer­ica’s Cup match in March. — Reuters

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