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About Emirates Team New Zealand

Since 2007, the team has diversified to stay alive, competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup World Series. In 2009 and 2010, the team competed successfully on the Audi Med Cup series, winning the championship on both years, and the Louis Vuitton Trophy series, winning four of five regattas.

The team’s beginnings go back to the 1987 America’s Cup sailed off Fremantle, West Australia. In 1995, few New Zealanders would have been unaware of the America’s Cup regatta in San Diego and the public watched enthralled as their team clinically dismembered first the challengers and then the defender. In a flawless display, an efficient and focused team gave New Zealand a great sense of national pride. Led by Peter Blake a celebrated round-the-world racing yachtsman, with Russell Coutts as skipper, Team New Zealand’s triumph was the stuff of New Zealand dreams…. beating bigger, better financed teams and beating them well.

For New Zealanders, their team and the America’s Cup came to typify many of the nation’s values – a can-do spirit, teamwork, taking on the big guy, accepting a challenge and striving for excellence.

In 2011, more than 15 years on from the Cup win in San Diego, through a successful defence, an acrimonious team disintegration followed by an almost inevitable disastrous defeat, and a painstaking rebuild, the brand has remained strong.

Read more here History of Emirates Team New Zealand

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