Emirates Team New Zealand profiles
New Zealand produces some of the best sailors in the world and you won’t have to go far to hear a Kiwi accent around San Francisco Bay in the coming months.
New Zealand is represented on every competing team in the 34th America’s Cup, and even on board the hordes of super yachts gathered in support of the event, you'll discover many are crewed by Kiwi sailors.
As a remote island nation it is hardly surprising that New Zealand life revolves around the sea. And those sailors who make it to the top, such as Emirates Team New Zealand’s crew, have a long association and strong affinity with their home waters.
Each has a personal favourite place to sail in New Zealand, an opinion about their nation’s ability to dominate the sport and a reason why they are proud to be representing their country at the 34th America’s Cup.
Grant Dalton - known throughout the sailing world, and beyond, for his exploits over two decades in round-the-world yacht racing - is the managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand.
Dean Barker is the skipper / helm of Emirates Team New Zealand competing in the 2013 America's Cup and a veteran of four America's Cup campaigns for Team New Zealand.
A multihull specialist, Glenn Ashby has won 14 world championships across three classes, including seven in the A Class catamaran.
Born into a legendary Australian sailing family, Adam Beashel earned a New Zealand passport after living in and sailing for New Zealand over the past decade.
With a long list of keelboat regattas to his credit, James Dagg joined Team New Zealand in 1996. A carpenter, he is also specialised in trimming.
Ray Davies sailed with 'America One' in the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup, before becoming a member of the Team New Zealand weather team in 2003.
Jeremy Lomas is a highly-regarded bowman who has sailed in three America's Cup campaigns with New Zealand teams.
Grant Loretz started his sailing career in a P Class dinghy, and began his involvement with the America’s Cup in the first New Zealand Challenge in 1987.
Winston Macfarlane joined Emirates Team New Zealand for the 2003 America's Cup and, since 2007, has raced in Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas and in the winning TP52 team in both 2009 and 2010.
Chris McAsey was a top-level rower until seduced by sailing while watching New Zealand win the America’s Cup in 1995.
Richard Meacham started sailing dinghies at the age of eight then took the time-honoured path into professional sailing via sail-making.
Tony Rae, a 25-year veteran of Emirates Team New Zealand and its forerunners, has been with the team since the 1987 America’s Cup challenge.
Derek Saward joined Emirates Team New Zealand fulltime in 2011, having previously sailed in two of the Louis Vuitton Trophy events in 2010.
Rob Waddell is a two-time world rowing champion and Olympic gold medallist who has switched to sailing for Team New Zealand’s 2013 America’s Cup defence.
Grinder Chris Ward has been associated with Team New Zealand and its forerunner the New Zealand Challenge since the build-up to the 1992 regatta in San Diego.
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