Cruising: Grant Dalton sets sail to discover more America’s Cup participants on the back of Auckland base choice

Group New Zealand will chase for more 2021 America’s Cup challengers now that Auckland is affirmed as the setting.

Challenger of record Luna Ross, the New York Yacht Club and Ben Ainslie’s British syndicate are affirmed passages up until this point. There is further enthusiasm from Italy, while France want to remain included and Australia are truly examining a test.

TNZ manager Grant Dalton says he might want maybe a couple more contestants.

“You don’t get up one morning and choose to burn through $100m on the America’s Cup — you must go out and offer it a smidgen,” Dalton disclosed to Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking.

“It hasn’t been helped by this procedure in Auckland — individuals taking a gander at it didn’t know where the occasion would have been and that progressions how they will arrange for how much cash they require.

“We are fine, with great sections and quality, however I’d get a kick out of the chance to get out there and get maybe a couple more.”

Dalton said the Auckland understanding came in the nick of time.

“Time had fundamentally run out, it was quite tight, it came last possible minute” he said.

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Updated: April 5, 2018 — 8:46 am

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