America's Cup

Despite a collaborative agreement between the Challenger of Record and the Defender, New York Yacht Club elected to continue to pursue the case.

Simone de Mari, who sailed with Luna Rossa in the 1997 and 2000 challenges, suffered a spinal injury after hitting the seabed while surfing.

The first race in Auckland was meant to be the Christmas regatta next December, but now teams will compete two months earlier which means facilities will need to be ready sooner than expected.

Issues with the foil arms, which are supplied equipment, and a lack of time in the radical new foiling monohulls are thought to be behind the delay.

What is going on behind closed doors right now will go a long way to defining success in two years’ time, according to Kevin Shoebridge.

Together they have agreed all current outstanding issues including a mutually agreed settlement to the America’s Cup Arbitration case filed on the 12th of February 2019 regarding the dispute on the validity of late entries.

Sir Ben Ainslie and Terry Hutchinson have given first-hand accounts of their experiences driving the test boats.

"To anyone walking the dog around the lake, we probably just appeared like a few old battlers towing a beat-up old catamaran down the lake for fun."

Sources indicate the case involves late payments by up to three teams – certainly the Dutch challenge, possibly that of Malta and even the US's Stars & Stripes.

Carolijn Brouwer is on a high - after finishing second in the Sydney Hobart, she has been named to helm the Dutch challenger.

The facility started from the ground up and has become one of the most up-to-date boat building facilities in the country.

In November ETNZ said they had received eight notices of challenge. Three have been announced. What became of the other five?

Australian company AWS was an early leader in the concept of “soft wing” sails, which deliver many of the performance benefits of the rigid wing sails used in previous America’s Cup matches, but with fewer operational and logistical difficulties.

"We want to be very specific about picking the right people for the right roles once we figure out what the roles are on that boat."

The genial Ashby has quickly become arguably New Zealand's favourite Aussie.