Luna Rossa helmsman Francesco Bruni says Team New Zealand need to “get a move on” and has criticised their boss Grant Dalton over the delays in deciding what the next edition of the America’s Cup will look like.
After successfully defending the Auld Mug on home shores earlier this year, Team NZ have since opened the floor to hosting bids from around the world after failing to come to an agreement with the New Zealand government.
In an interview with Italian outlet OA Sport, Bruni hit out at the Kiwi syndicate for turning down $99m offered to aid hosting the event in New Zealand by the government and further delaying preparations for the next edition of the Cup.
“I find it hard to understand how a nation like New Zealand accepts that the Cup goes elsewhere. I find it hard to justify Dalton because the government has offered him $100m. It will not cover the entire budget, but it is a help,” Bruni said. “If I were Grant Dalton, even if I didn’t have the highest budget, I’d rather lose her honourably at home than defend her elsewhere.”