Watch: Team New Zealand want North Shore course for 2021 – 'If the Cup's here, that's where we'd hold it'

Should the 2021 America's Cup be held in New Zealand, then Team New Zealand would prefer a race course on the North Shore, CEO Grant Dalton says.

As the team revealed their new AC75 boat design today, the computer generated graphics showed a remarkable resemblance to Takapuna - something Dalton says is no coincidence.

"You can read quite a lot into that, If the Cup's here, that's where we'd hold it," he said.

"The piece in the video is sort of Takapuna-Milford area and over towards Rangitoto and that is exactly where we'd like to hold it."

CEO Grant Dalton has nailed his colours to the mast for the next America's Cup venue. Source: 1 NEWS



Kiwi rowing coach Dick Tonks joining Canada for Tokyo Olympics campaign

Renowned Kiwi rowing coach Richard "Dick" Tonks has announced his next move in the sport after he agreed to join Canada as the head coach of the senior men.

Rowing Canada confirmed the acquisition of Tonks, who guided Kiwi crews to more than 30 Olympic and World Championship medals in his tenure with Rowing NZ, to lead their high performance team through to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I am looking forward to working with the Canadian rowers," Tonks said in a statement.

"Canada has a strong legacy in rowing and I look forward to helping them write their next chapter."

Tonks has won the Halberg Awards' coach of they year five times - 1999, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2012 - which is more than any other in the award's 27-year history. He also has three World Rowing coach of the year awards under his belt from 2005, 2010 and 2012.

The 66-year-old departed Rowing NZ in 2015 after falling out with administration over work he was doing with a crew in China.

He stayed on as coach for single sculler Mahe Drysdale and the women's double sculls of Eve MacFarlane and Zoe Stevenson at their request for the Rio Olympics but has since been away from the rowing scene.

"In bringing Dick Tonks to Canada we create an opportunity for our own coaches to learn and grow alongside one of the most successful coaches of all time," Rowing Canada chief executive Terry Dillon said.

Tonks will begin his new role at the end of November.

Legendary coach Dick Tonks speaks about the schism that has opened up with Rowing New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Team NZ unveil America's Cup foiling monohull design for 2021 defence

Team New Zealand have unveiled the new boat design to be used for the next America's Cup.

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An illustration of the AC75 has been revealed this morning, showcasing a concept of how the high performance foiling monohull will look and move on the Auckland Harbour when the Kiwi sailors defend the Auld Mug in 2021.

Team boss Grant Dalton says the monohull has the potential to be faster than the boats sailed earlier this year in Bermuda.

Dan Bernasconi, the design coordinator for Team NZ, said the process was new territory for the crew renowned for the innovations and strategies.

"We wanted to see how far we could push the performance of monohull yachts to create a foiling boat that would be challenging to sail and thrilling to match race," he said.

"We're really excited about the concept and can't wait to see it on the water."

The AC75 class rule will be published at the end of March next year.


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