ETNZ loses design chief and two grinders as fresh dramas engulf the team

NZ Herald. By Dana Johannsen.

Fresh turmoil is engulfing Team New Zealand. Design chief Nick Holroyd has quit and several members of the sailing team have followed him out the door.

Holroyd confirmed to the Herald last night that he had resigned, but was unavailable to talk at length about the reasons for his departure.

Grinders Winston Macfarlane and Derek Saward have also resigned. There are rumours several other members of the team's sailing and shore operations are also set to leave.

Macfarlane said he parted ways with Team NZ last month, but would not be drawn on why. “It's for a whole lot of personal reasons that I don't really want to get into.”

Saward, who is understood to be sailing in Europe, was unable to be contacted last night.

It is believed the team will hold a crisis meeting at its Viaduct Harbour base today to address the departures and plot the way forward, with the first event on the America's Cup World Series circuit now less than six weeks away.

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