Six of the best

In an Amer­ica’s Cup clut­tered with Ki­wis, Julie Ash has a close look at six from the two main chal­lengers, Or­a­cle and Team New Zealand.

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BMW OR­A­CLE RAC­ING Syn­di­cate head/skip­per: Chris Dick­son Com­pet­ing in his fifth Amer­ica’s Cup, Dick­son was just 24 when at the helm of New Zealand’s first chal­lenge. From the mid-1980s to early 1990s, he dom­i­nated the match-rac­ing cir­cuit. An ag­gres­sive helms­man, Dick­son de­mands much of his team. De­signer: Bruce Farr Born in Auck­land in 1949, Farr is one of the world’s best yacht de­sign­ers. Farr be­came in­volved in the cup in 1987 with the New Zealand Chal­lenge. He went on to work for Tag Heuer, Young Amer­ica and now Or­a­cle. Tac­ti­cian/helms­man: Gavin Brady Brady took part in his first Amer­ica’s Cup in 1995 along­side Dick­son on Tag Heuer. He was in the af­ter­guard with Amer­i­caOne in 2000 and Prada in 2003. Brady is ex­pected to fill the tac­ti­cian’s role. Grinder: Craig Monk (Right) The Finn class bronze medal­list at the 1992 Olympics, Monk was part of Team New Zealand’s suc­cess­ful cam­paigns in 1995 and 2000 be­fore switch­ing to OneWorld. He is now with Or­a­cle, where he is a grinder and the sail­ing man­ager. Trim­mer: Ross Hal­crow Re­garded as one of the world’s best sail trim­mers, Hal­crow has been in­volved in the Amer­ica’s Cup for 16 years. He was part of the 1995 Team New Zealand cam­paign. Hal­crow sailed on Ill­bruck, which dom­i­nated the 2001-02 Round the World yacht race. Trim­mer: Rob­bie Nai­smith Also highly re­garded in the world of trim­ming. Known as “the Bat­tler”, he has won two Amer­ica’s Cups, two Louis Vuit­ton Cups, a cou­ple of Ken­wood Cups, Syd­ney to Ho­barts and the Ad­mi­rals Cup. An in­te­gral part of Or­a­cle’s sail pro­gramme, he con­trib­utes to rig and deck lay­out. ❚ Other Kiwi sailors in Emi­rates Team New Zealand and Or­a­cle Emi­rates Team New Zealand: Kelvin Har­rap, Stu Bet­tany, Nick Heron, Jeremy Lo­mas, Barry McKay, Matthew Ma­son, Richard Meacham, Andrew McLean, Chris McAsey, Jonathan Mac­beth, Win­ston McFar­lane, Rob Wad­dell, Chris Ward, Don Cowie, James Dagg, Grant Loretz, Chris Salt­house, Rob Salt­house. BMW Or­a­cle: Sean Clark­son, Scott Craw­ford, Stu­art Clarke, Rod Daw­son, Ed Smyth, Joe Spooner, Zac Hurst, Ian Baker, David Brooke, Jamie Gale, Phil Jame­son, Brad Webb, Carl Wil­liams, Hay­den Goodrick, Rob­bie Nai­smith, Morgan Trubovich. Tony Rae A vet­eran of five Amer­ica’s Cup cam­paigns, all for Team New Zealand, you could al­most say Rae sym­bol­ises the Kiwi chal­lengers – not too flashy, just a solid, hum­ble, hard work­ing guy. Rae has also com­peted in three Round the World races, nu­mer­ous keel­boat re­gat­tas and the in­ter­na­tional match-rac­ing cir­cuit, mak­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence in­valu­able. EMI­RATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND Syn­di­cate head: Grant Dal­ton Known for his ex­ploits from over two decades in Round the World rac­ing, Dal­ton was called in to re­struc­ture and re­vi­talise Team New Zealand af­ter it lost the Amer­ica’s Cup in 2003. Renown for his metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail and tough per­sona, Dal­ton leads by ex­am­ple. Sail de­signer: Burns Fal­low Af­ter three cam­paigns with Team New Zealand and in­volve­ment with sail pro­grames on many high-profile projects, Fal­low is in charge of Team New Zealand’s sail pro­gramme – an area in which they look for­mi­da­ble. Di­rec­tor of sail­ing and op­er­a­tions: Kevin Shoe­bridge With five Amer­ica’s Cup cam­paigns be­hind him, Shoe­bridge has brought plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence to Team New Zealand. Like Dal­ton, Shoe­bridge has a strong back­ground in the Round the

World race, which he won twice. Strate­gist: Ray Davies With suc­cesses in the Whit­bread and Volvo races, Davies is a helms­man and tac­ti­cian in de­mand on the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit. He was a mem­ber of the Team New Zealand weather team in 2003 and re­turns as a mem­ber of the af­ter­guard. He sailed with Amer­i­caOne in the 2000 cup, was helms­man on the win­ning Ill­bruck in the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race fol­low­ing a sec­ond on Merit Cup in the 1997-98 Whit­bread. Skip­per/helms­man: Dean Barker Barker’s Amer­ica’s Cup ca­reer started at Team New Zealand in 1995 be­fore em­bark­ing on an Olympic cam­paign. Re­turn­ing in 2000, he fa­mously took the helm from Rus­sell Coutts in the last race to guide the syn­di­cate to a 5-0 win over Prada. A tal­ented match racer, Barker is strong in the pre-start and con­fi­dent around the course.

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