America's Cup

America's Cup stalwart John Craig (CAN) has been named as Regatta Director and will be in ultimate charge of all racing activity.

Despite having received strong backing from the local marine industry and interest from a number of commercial entities, the Dutch have decided the clock has wound down for them to launch an effective challenge in 2021.

New grinders include Olympic swimmer and paddler, Steven Ferguson, former Oracle crew member Louis Sinclair and a man who has never sailed but set a world record on the indoor rower.

Patrizio Bertelli, team principal of Luna Rossa Prada, believes the revolutionary design is too complicated and is proving prohibitive to new teams.

Work to transform the viaduct is well underway, sinking piles, dredging and building breakwaters.

Auckland Council has worked with the marine industry to drastically overhaul the plan; settling on a new, visitor-friendly small 12 month navigation and safety fee for vessels over 40 metres in length.

The two remaining late challengers, Stars + Stripes USA and DutchSail, will confirm their ongoing commitment by July 1st.

Comprehensive tests to the foil arm design and construction has been led by Luna Rossa Challenge.

In updating the progress of Team New Zealand's defence campaign, Glenn Ashby revealed the exciting numbers being produced by the simulator work.

Ultimately, Ainslie expects costs to be too prohibitive for the late syndicates to join Luna Rossa, New York-based American Magic and Team UK in challenging Team New Zealand on home waters.

DutchSail joins Stars & Stripes and Malta Altus in trying to bolster the challenging fleet to six.

Kevin Shoebridge told Radio Sport that Glenn Ashby's "little x-box console" was all above the law.

"Ironically, in the last edition of the Cup in Bermuda, Team New Zealand had a mysterious device that helped the crew control foiling."

With the deadline for late entries passing on April 1, reports circulated that DutchSail, Malta Altus and Stars and Stripes Team USA had withdrawn their challenges.

A daily drain of toxins, plastics and sediments is degrading the Hauraki Gulf, a stretch of ocean from Auckland's Northland border to Waihi near Thames.