Grant Dalton introduces the team
Grant Dalton introduces the team
Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton is delighted with the calibre of the people who make up the core of the team for 2007.
“Twelve months ago we set out to bring together the best sailing skills and the best design team, back them with the best support available and create a team that can win the America’s Cup.
“We aimed to broaden the team’s skill and experience base and encourage the innovation and flair for which the team is renowned.
“Where these people were not available in New Zealand we went overseas on to the open market where a number of syndicates were actively recruiting.
“Such is the respect with which Emirates Team New Zealand is held internationally, in almost every instance, the people we wanted signed with us despite competitive offers.
“Today, with 70 people under contract, we have a team that is more experienced and it is more international in its makeup. At full strength the team will number 90 people.
“The depth of experience is remarkable. Some members of our design and sailing teams have been involved in the America’s Cup since the Fremantle regatta in 1987. Some go back even further than that. These people, who were young men in their early 20s with the New Zealand Challenge in the 80s, are now seasoned veterans.
“The fact that they are still involved in the America’s Cup says a lot about the skills and commitment they bring to Emirates Team New Zealand.
“We also have a number of young yachtsmen who are competing successfully in the Olympic classes. They are multi-talented helmsmen, tacticians, strategists, navigators and trimmers.
“The design team is already at work; and sailing team members have been competing in regattas all over the world. A number have Olympic campaigns; others are focusing on the match racing circuit.
“In fact, the team will have divided loyalties when the Finn class is sailed at the Athens Olympic Games: Dean Barker is representing New Zealand, Ben Ainslie is representing England and Kevin Hall the United States.
“The America’s Cup environment today may have little resemblance to what it was 20 years ago, but some things never change. To win people have to be focused, dedicated and the best.”
Monday June 14 2004
Joe Allen (New Zealand) technical sailing coach and video analyst
A bowman with vast experience (Team New Zealand 1995 when we won the cup in San Diego and again for the defence in Auckland in 2000), Joey Allen coached the team in 2003 and he’s back for more of the same. He has raced 18ft skiffs, and crewed in match and fleet racing all over the world.
Ben Ainslie (United
The ISAF world sailor of the year in 1998 and 2002 and four times British yachtsman of the year, Ben Ainslie was the Laser Olympic gold medallist at Sydney and won a silver medal in 1996. He has been British, European and world Laser champion and, for the past three years, the world Finn champion. He will sail the Finn at the Athens Games later this year. He sailed with the OneWorld challenge for the America’s Cup in 2000.
Dean Barker (New
Qualifying for the Finn class at the Athens Olympics was Dean’s priority for the past few months. His links with Team New Zealand started in 1995 but he opted for an Olympic campaign rather than to travel to San Diego. A highly regarded match racer, his focus for 2007 is to hone his sailing skills with first the Olympics, then the international match racing circuit and the America’s Cup pre-regattas. Over the coming summer he will be sailing on the Hauraki Gulf, training and testing with the Emirates Team New Zealand boats.
Adam Beashel (Australia/New
A member of the Team’s afterguard in 2003 he called wind pressure in the pre-starts and light airs and was also responsible for the mainsheet traveller. Adam is an accomplished dinghy sailor winning major international regattas in the 49er, Laser, and 420. He has competed in numerous keelboat regattas winning the Kenwood Cup, the Transpac and Farr 40 World Championships. He sailed on One Australia in the 1995 Louis Vuitton Cup final.
Cowie (New Zealand) trimmer
A three-times Olympian (he won a silver medal at Barcelona and competed at Atlanta and Sydney) who is a world-class trimmer, Don Cowie sailed with OneWorld in the 2003 Louis Vuitton Cup. He was sailing coach for Prada in 2000. He is in demand at international grand prix regattas, racing with American, New Zealand, Japanese, German and Italian teams. He is sailing manager for the New Zealand Olympic team at Athens.
James Dagg (New Zealand)
With a long list of keelboat regattas to his credit, including the Farr 40 and Mumm 36 circuits, James Dagg joined Team New Zealand in 1996 specialising in trimming (the genoa upwind and the spinnaker or gennaker downwind). He returned in 2003 and is now focused on Valencia in 2007.
Ray Davies (New Zealand)
With successes in the Whitbread and Volvo races, Ray Davies is a helmsman and tactician in demand on the international sailing circuit. He was a member of the Team New Zealand weather team in 2003 and returns for 2007 as a member of the afterguard. Ray sailed with America One in the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup. And was helmsman on the winning Illbruck in the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race following a second on Merit Cup in the 1997-98 Whitbread.
(New Zealand) afterguard coach/afterguard
Rod Davis has a vast amount of experience in the America's Cup, his first 27 years ago and has been in every America's Cup since then. His roles have been varied, from bowman to mainsail trimmer, skipper, and coach. This is his 10th America’s Cup campaign. His yacht racing expertise includes: gold and silver medals at the Olympic Games, formerly ranked world No 1 in match racing, winning Admiral's Cups, Sardinia Cups and 7 world champion titles. Currently he is head coach for the Danish Olympic sailing team.
Kevin Hall (United States)
With an impressive winning background in collegiate Laser sailing, Kevin Hall was navigator with OneWorld in the 2003 Louis Vuitton Cup regatta, and before that with America One at the 2000 Auckland event. He finished third three times at the 49er worlds and helped American and Danish medal winning efforts at the Sydney Olympics. He has been selected to sail for the US in the Finn at the Athens Olympics.
Kelvin Harrap (New Zealand)
A talented helmsman and tactician, Kelvin Harrap has been involved in three America's Cup campaigns (OneWorld 2003, America True 2000 and Tag Heuer 1995) sailed two round the world races and competed in the Soling class at the 1996 Olympic Games. He’s now competing on the world match racing circuit under the Emirates Team New Zealand banner.
Nick Heron (New Zealand)
Starting his America’s Cup sailing career with the New Zealand “big boat” challenge at San Diego in 1988, mastman Nick Heron has been with New Zealand campaigns ever since. He has competed in a number of Kenwood Cups, Admiral’s Cup and world match racing regattas. When he’s not sailing he’s a member of the rig team.
(United Kingdom) trimmer
A British 470 class Olympic representative in 1988 and 1992, a world youth champion in the 470 and former UK and world champion in the 420. He was also UK, European and World champion in the J-24. Andy Hemmings was primary downwind trimmer for Prada in the 2003 Louis Vuitton Cup regatta. He also has wide experience on the international match racing circuit and competed in many grand prix regattas. Jared Henderson (New Zealand) pit and grinder
Jared Henderson joined Team New Zealand nine months out from the 2000 defence following a sailing career, which included the Whitbread with Grant Dalton in 1997-98 and several seasons on the international regatta circuit. He was back with the Team for 2003 and again for 2007. His speciality is in the pit and backup grinder.
Hutchinson (United States) afterguard
With a sailing CV that includes two America’s Cup campaigns (America One in 2000 and Stars and Stripes in 2003), tactician Terry Hutchinson has been winning international and US sailing titles for almost 20 years. He’s also a Star Class sailor of note, being a member of the US Olympic sailing team in 2001 and 2003.
Jeremy Lomas (New Zealand) bowman
He sailed the 1997-98 Whitbread with Grant Dalton and since then Jeremy Lomas has done two campaigns with Team New Zealand (2000 and 2003). A bowman, he’s a regular competitor on the international grand prix and match racing circuits. He has sailed in four Kenwood Cups, two Admiral’s Cups, the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart.
Grant Loretz (New Zealand)
As a boy, Grant Loretz sailed in a P Class dinghy and started his involvement in the America’s Cup with the first New Zealand Challenge in 1987. He was back in 1992 and in 1995 sailed in San Diego with Tag Heuer. Back with Team New Zealand for the 2000 defence and again in 2003 as a trimmer and with his background in sailmaking, giving input into sail design.
Chris McAsey (New Zealand) grinder
Since the last America’s Cup regatta, Chris McAsey has been broadening his experience on the US circuit. A top-level rower he was seduced by sailing while watching New Zealand win the America’s Cup in 1995. In the build-up to the 2003 Team New Zealand challenge he got his chance when he was hired as grinder. He returns for Emirates Team New Zealand’s 2007 challenge.
Winston Macfarlane (New Zealand)
Winston Macfarlane was with the team for the 2003 defence, sailing and driving a chase boat. He has some impressive credentials, having raced on Morning Glory, Mari Cha IV, Beau Geste, the classic J boat Valsheda, Starlight Express, to name a few
Matthew Mason (New Zealand)
Matthew Mason sailed with Team New Zealand in 1995 and the successful defence in 2000 and was with the OneWorld syndicate in 2003. He raced in the Whitbread in 1993-94 and is a regular on the international match racing and grand prix regatta scene. As a boatbuilder he was also involved in the construction of NZL32 and 38 and NZL57 and 60.
Richard Meacham (New Zealand) bowman
A bowman, Richard Meacham started sailing dinghies at the age of eight then took the time-honoured path into professional sailing through sailmaking. He started crewing on the Auckland MRX scene and was soon in demand for international regattas. He has been with Team New Zealand since the lead-up to the 2000 defence.
Jonathan Macbeth (New Zealand) grinder
A super-lean endurance athlete who put on 25kg to sail with Team New Zealand, Jono Macbeth joined in 1997 for the 2000 defence, returned for 2003 and he’s now regarded as an experienced match-racing grinder. He’s back grinding for 2007.
Tony Rae (New Zealand) trimmer
A veteran of five America’s Cup campaigns (three New Zealand challenges and two defences, the first in 1987), three Whitbread round the world races and numerous keelboat regattas and the international match-racing circuit, Tony Rae’s experience and skill as a mainsail trimmer keeps him at the top of the sport.
Chris Salthouse (New Zealand) trimmer
As a 20-year old he sailed in the “big boat” challenge in 1988. Chris Salthouse managed the New Zealand sail loft for the1992 New Zealand challenge campaign, sailed with Tag Heuer in San Diego in 1995 and was with Team New Zealand in 2003. He is back as a mainsheet trimmer.
(New Zealand) trimmer
With three America’s Cup campaigns with New Zealand teams to his credit (1987, 1988 and 1992), Rob Salthouse has been a professional yachtsman for more than 20 years, also sailing in Admiral’s Cup regattas, Southern Cross Cups, six times on the Sydney-Hobart race and for 10 years a regular on the match racing circuit. He sailed the last Volvo Ocean Race on board Tyco.
Waddell (New Zealand) grinder
Twice a world champion and a 2000 Olympics gold medallist in the single sculls, Rob Waddell switched to sailing for Team New Zealand in 2003 having achieved everything he wanted in rowing. He trained as a grinder and brought to the Team the focus and will to win that characterised his years in rowing.
(New Zealand) grinder
With an association with Team New Zealand and its forerunner the New Zealand Challenge starting in the build-up to the 1992 regatta in San Diego, grinder Chris Ward is a senior member of the team equally at home working the winches as he is maintaining them. He is also a regular member of the Team New Zealand international match racing crew.
(United Kingdom) design team co-ordinator
Andy Claughton has had a long association with New Zealand America’s Cup campaigns – from the first challenge in Fremantle in 1987. Based at the Wolfson Unit at Southampton where New Zealand hull designs are tank tested he is also familiar with our round-the-world campaigns. He joined Team New Zealand for the 2003 campaign and for 2007 will manage the design team’s programme.
Giovanni Belgrano (UK/Italy) principal
Italian-born, Giovanni Belgrano studied in the UK researching composite materials and structures. In 1983 he joined an Isle Of Wight company SP Systems and was soon developing new structures and better materials, and over the past 20 years has worked with many top yacht-racing projects, including Il Moro, Prada 2000, Stealth and Kingfisher.
Marcelino Botin (Spain) principal designer
Working from Santander, Spain, principal designer Marcelino Botin and business partner Shaun Carkeek, are taking the European IMS racing circuit by storm, with a string of successful boats to their credit. Marcelino is a proponent of a very rigorous design regime that includes extensive CFD work on hull and appendages and an ambitious tank-testing program to validate all numerical calculations.
Jamie France (New Zealand) design
Worked for Team New Zealand for the 2000 and 2003 defences with data analysis, onboard software programming and IT support. A professional engineer he’s back with Emirates Team New Zealand for the 2007 challenge as a design engineer specialising in solid modelling.
Vincent Geake (United Kingdom) racing yacht
An electronics engineer and businessman who is also an accomplished offshore navigator, Vincent Geake has spent the past 20 years switching between yacht racing and working in or starting high-tech companies. He has three Whitbread round the world races to his credit, as well as a number of Sydney-Hobart races and Admiral’s Cup regattas.
Nick Holroyd (New Zealand) designer/CFD
For his third America’s Cup campaign with Team New Zealand, Nick Holroyd is combining his practical knowledge as a competitive yachtsman with his professional training as an engineer, naval architect and CFD (computational fluid design – computer programmes that model fluid flows around appendages) to ensure the Team employs the best computation methods to optimise design.
Hutchins (New Zealand) CFD engineer
With a bachelor of engineering in naval architecture from the University of New South Wales, Nick Hutchins joined the team part-time in 2001 and is back for the 2007 challenge.
(Japan) performance analyst
An experienced offshore navigator, his role with Team New Zealand is as a sailing performance analyst, translating raw data obtained from sensors on the yachts into information from which the team can measure performance. In 2003 he was developing OneWorld’s onboard performance analysis system and had a similar role with the Nippon Challenge in 2000.
Kensington (New Zealand) composite engineer
His job is to design structures that are strong enough to do the job but as light as they can be. After consulting to the team in 2000 and having a hand in designing the successful NZL57 and 60, he joined the team for the 2003 defence. He also worked on the design team for the maxi catamaran PlayStation which, renamed Cheyenne, recently broke the round-the-world sailing speed record.
Christopher Miller (United States) software
A wizard with software development, for Team New Zealand’s 2003 defence, Christopher Miller, developed computer systems including a high-performance client/server for navigation and meteorological data, a system to share data between the boats and the board and shore, database for performance modelling, and an automated retrieval system for web-based weather data. He’s back for 2007 doing more of the same.
Clay Oliver (United States) principal designer
A principal designer for Team New Zealand since 1995 and an active member of the sailing team, Clay Oliver has been involved in six America’s Cups, including four winners, with Dennis Conner’s Challenge in Fremantle, 1987. Recent design projects include record-setting Mari-Cha IV, and some new generation high-performance swing keel yachts, including the 90ft maxi Genuine Risk and a 100ft sloop under construction in New Zealand. He is a graduate naval architect from the US Naval Academy.
Tom Schnackenberg (New Zealand) design and
One of the best-known names in the America’s Cup Tom Schnackenberg has been involved in nine America’s Cup campaigns, the first as a sail designer on Enterprise in 1977, then Australia (1980) and the successful Australia II campaign in 1983. He was with the New Zealand Challenge in 1988, joined spirit of Australia in ’92 and signed with Team New Zealand as design co-ordinator and navigator for its successful campaign in San Diego in 1995 and then for the historic defence in 2000. In 2003 he took on the added responsibility of syndicate head.
Daryl Senn (New Zealand)
Structural design engineer with specialist focus on composite materials. Senior engineer at High Modulus NZ since 1997, developing composite structural designs and material testing programmes for a wide variety of vessels, from 100ft racing yachts, high speed motoryachts and superyacht rigs down to dinghies and carbon P-class masts.
Neil Wilkinson (New Zealand) mechanical
A professional engineer who specialises in mechanical design for industrial and marine applications including a variety of lifting, canting and tandem keels for racing and cruising boats. He has also been involved with Team New Zealand and OneWorld America’s Cup campaigns and round-the-world syndicates.
Fallow (New Zealand) sail designer
After three campaigns with Team New Zealand and involvement with sail programmes on many high-profile sailing projects, Burns again heads the sails programme for 2007. He started with the team as upwind sail designer and his role since 2000 has been to run the sail department – and now supervises development of the ideas that will give the Team the edge needed for success at Valencia.
Robert Hook (Australia) sail designer and rig
With his experience stretching back to the 1987 Australian Kookaburra campaign and every America’s Cup regatta since, sail designer Robert Hook brings vast experience to Team New Zealand. He also designed sails for round-the-world winners EF Language and Illbruck.
Gudgeon (New Zealand) sailmaker
Now into his fourth campaign with the team, Paul Gudgeon was one of the Team New Zealand originals, signing up in 1994. Life for a sailmaker working for an America’s Cup team is vastly different for a challenge than it is for a defence and he’s experienced both.
Felicity Lind-Mitchell (New Zealand)
Felicity Lind-Mitchell has a job she loves – making sails for the America’s Cup boats. It’s a job that requires self-discipline and an eye for detail. She joined Team New Zealand for the 2003 America’s Cup defence in Auckland and is back for 2007.
Eddie Markey (New Zealand)
Eddie Markey has been sailing all his life, mainly in skiffs. He was leading sailmaker for the 2003 OneWorld Challenge and worked with Tag Heuer in 1995 and then Pact2000. He built round-the-world sails for Whitbread syndicates Fisher and Paykel (1989-90) and Tokio (1993-94).
Craig Phillips (New Zealand) sail loft
A key member of the sail programme for every America’s Cup since 1987, most recently as sail co-ordinator and loft manager for the OneWorld Challenge. He is an expert in sail development in Australian one design and skiff classes. More recently involved with the Philippe Kahn’s Pegasus program coaching and developing sails for 505s, Melges 24’s and Farr 40s.
(New Zealand) rig designer
A foundation member of Southern Spars he has been involved in all forms of competitive sailing from dinghies to maxis to superyachts both nationally and internationally and in every America’s Cup regatta since 1992, most recently with Italian syndicate Prada, and with Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race teams.
George Jakich (New Zealand) rig special projects
He was a grinder on the New Zealand Big Boat America’s Cup campaign in 1998 and he has had a hand in several campaigns since. George has also worked with a few Whitbread Round the World Race syndicates as a composite boatbuilder and member of the rig team.
Peter Lawson (New
Zealand) rig designer
A hands-on designer for numerous superyacht and race boat projects including Alinghi in the 2003 America’s Cup, Peter Lawson is also a yachtsman, having sailed in IOR 50ft regattas series, the Admiral’s Cup and Commodore’s Cup. He has been involved as a member of boat-building teams producing IOR, IMS, ILC, Whitbread racing yachts
Lance Manson (New Zealand) specialist
The man responsible for spars, standing rigging, running rigging and ropework, who’s no mean yachtsman in his own right, having been on the crew of the Big Boat challenge in 1988 and the New Zealand Challenge in 1992. More recently he looked after spars and rigging for America True in 2000 and Team New Zealand in 2003.
Chris Mitchell (New Zealand)
Chris Mitchell lists his career highlights simply as six America’s Cup campaigns, two Louis Vuitton Cup wins, five America’s Cup finals and two America’s Cup wins. In terms of experience and credentials, that just about says it all.
Roger Badham (Australia)
Known universally as “Clouds”, Dr Roger Badham is as well-known in yacht racing circles as many of the top yachtsmen. He “did the weather” for Team New Zealand in 2003, and he is in demand as a weather router for syndicates in the Volvo Ocean Race and the Whitbread before it and for yachts competing in many other regattas.
Andrew McLean (New Zealand) data analysis and
A professional engineer Andrew worked with the weather team for the 2003 defence, developing software and predictive models on the weather data gathered from the racecourse. It’s more of the same for 2007.
Geoff Dunn (New Zealand) electronics and electrical
Now into his fourth America's Cup campaign (Nippon in 1992, Team New Zealand 2000 and 2003) Geoff Dunn is responsible for keeping yacht instrumentation, computers, radios and communication equipment running in the hostile salt-water environment.
Dave French (New Zealand)
An engineer “all his life” with experience ranging from working on container cranes to superyachts, Dave French finds the transition to purebred yachts all in a day’s work. He machines and fabricates a variety of yacht fittings.
Greg Lewis (New Zealand)
With a role that involves the fitting out of luxury vessels with the navigation and entertainment electronics, satellite communications, PABX, computer networks, security, CCTV systems, audio and video entertainment systems, system design, drawings, testing and commissioning Greg Lewis now joins Emirates Team New Zealand for the 2007 challenge.
Barry McKay (New Zealand) shore
A yachtsman of note (Steinlager II, ENZA, New Zealand Challenge 1992, Team New Zealand 1995, 2000 and 2003, Morning Glory), Barry’s skill as a boatbuilder saw his involvement in the building and maintenance of the Cup yachts. For 2007 Barry takes over as shore manager – a demanding role that is both hands-on and management of the shore team.
Peter Ockleston (New Zealand)
Joined Team New Zealand in 2001, but was involved in building the 2000 defence boats NZL 57 and NZL 60.
Neville Thorpe (New Zealand) boatbuilder
A boatbuilder now into his fourth America’s Cup campaign with Team New Zealand, but has also found the time to build a couple of Whitbread round the world yachts.
Nottage (New Zealand) shore crew winch specialist
Andy Nottage, who keeps the big winches working, has been involved with America's Cup yachts since the 1988 "Big Boat" challenge. His work with the team involves a mix of maintenance development.
Jason Squire (New Zealand) boat
After working on the construction of NZL32 and 38 for Team New Zealand’s 1995 challenge, Jason Squire helped build America True for the 2000 event, before joining Team New Zealand in 1999. He was back for 2003 and is already working towards Valencia in 2007.
Jon Ackland (New Zealand) performance analyst
A specialist in high-performance analysis and applications for sport, Jon Ackland, has worked with, among many others, members of the Auckland Rugby team, the All Blacks, early America's Cup campaigns, the Whitbread, New Zealand Cricket, and Olympic yachting. He has also worked with Olympic finalists for consecutive Olympics, won more than 20 national titles, 10 world titles and six junior World titles.
Bill Hughes (New Zealand) planning and
Since graduating with a mechanical engineering degree from Auckland University in 1989 Bill has worked in aviation in New Zealand and abroad in design engineering, reliability, and planning. He has played key roles in many major aeronautical design projects. To compliment his strong engineering background Bill has many years of competitive sailing experience.
Kevin Shoebridge (New Zealand) sailing
and operations manager
With five America’s Cup campaigns behind him, Kevin Shoebridge is well into campaign No 6, this time with a hands-on management of the team’s day-to-day activities - pulling together all the strands that make up a successful team. He is a successful yachtsman in his own right, having skippered Tyco in the Volvo Ocean Race and twice sailed on the winning yacht in the Whitbread - Steinlager 2 and New Zealand Endeavour. In 2003 Louis Vuitton Cup regatta he trimmed on OneWorld; his four other campaigns were with Team New Zealand and the New Zealand Challenge.
Doug Reid (New Zealand) supplier liaison
The man responsible for recruiting the suppliers whose contribution to Emirates Team New Zealand is immense. He was the New Zealand manager for Dennis Conner’s Stars and Stripes in 2000. Doug uses his business contacts and experience gained over many years to line up suppliers and sponsors for whatever the Team needs.
David Slyfield (New
Zealand) physical trainer
The man responsible for the design and implementation of training programmes for team members. David Slyfield also co-ordinates other aspects of sport science, including nutrition, medical, and testing. He rates as past and present career highlights trainer to NZ Rowing, Cycling, Yachting NZ, Black Sox and individual athletes, including cyclist Sarah Ulmer, Rob Waddell, Brett Steven, Barbara Kendall and Aaron McIntosh.
(New Zealand) logistics manager
Ian Stewart’s sailing background includes twice competing in the Whitbread round the world race (Tokio in 1993-94 and Merit Cup in 1997-98) and then as shore manager for the Tyco campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race. He is responsible for the logistics of Emirates Team New Zealand.
Paul Wilson (New Zealand)
With the All Blacks and Emirates Team New Zealand among the elite athletes who are his clients, physiotherapist Paul Wilson is recognised internationally for his work in sports medicine. He practices in Auckland, but travels widely in his role as a lecturer promoting education in sports medicine for the International Amateur Athletics Federation.
Ross Blackman –
Tom Dodson – “mates” programme coordinator
Debby Bradley – financial controller and accountant
Warren Douglas – communications manager
Lisa Edser – sponsorship assistant
Bronwen Kempster – PA to Grant Dalton
Tony Thomas – sponsorship manager
Jim Farmer QC
CHALLENGER COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE
Jim Farmer QC