Coutts – Another Kiwi team could replace Team NZ

Sir Russell Coutts is confident Team New Zealand will contest the 2017 America's Cup but has said if they don't front in Bermuda, another New Zealand syndicate would fill their place.

The America's Cup official website announced yesterday that the entire event will take place off Bermuda, taking away initial plans of Auckland host a pre-regatta – and with it the likelihood of Team New Zealand getting government funding.

Coutts, a five time winner of the America's Cup, told the New York Times that he still hoped to have six challengers in Bermuda and said it was unlikely Team New Zealand would withdrawal.

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