America’s Cup: British New Zealand team alliance is gathering strength

Emirates Airline New Zealand and INEOS UK team close together during the race in Auckland.

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Emirates Airline New Zealand and INEOS UK team close together during the race in Auckland.

Speculation continues to mount that Britain’s Sir Ben Ainsley will become the next record contender if New Zealand retain the America’s Cup.

A respected yachting specialist site Live Sail Die Indicates that a deal has already been struck between the two teams, ensuring the durability of the AC75 single-chassis foil class.

I mentioned stuff in early January Ainslie UK’s INEOS team was emerging as a potential partner with the New Zealander to advance the Trophy.

Sir Ben Ainsley, whose team has previously been pressured for a technical breach, will lose a race due to any other breach.

The Times of London also reported that the British could have a say in the future of the American Cup With New Zealand team leader Grant Dalton assuring them that he is interested in joining the INEOS team in the UK.

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The New Zealand team fell out with current rival Italian Luna Rossa, while supporters of American Magic at the New York Yacht Club stated that their preference would be a return to the indelible monocoque.

This leaves the British as an obvious alternative to partnering with the New Zealand team to shape the future of the competition.

Live Sail Die They reported that they “understand that there is a strong agreement between the two teams about the future of the Copa America and the importance of thwarting it in that future.

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“It is also understood that the current AC75 class will be retained, with the possibility of selling boats to other competitors. This will allow further development of the radical new class and make the challenge more economic.

As part of the agreement, there are plans for some kind of “world tour” in the northern hemisphere in the years leading up to the series competitors and the America’s Cup.

“Doing so would make the Copa America more commercially viable and give teams a much greater opportunity to develop boats.”

The site felt that a proper tour of the World Championships would replace the need to take the America’s Cup away from New Zealand if the Kiwis kept the Old Mug, as has been suggested elsewhere.

The partnership agreement is based on the New Zealand team retaining the America’s Cup in the match that starts on March 6.

INEOS UK managed to cross Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli when it mattered most in their dramatic Prada Cup win.

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INEOS UK managed to cross Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli when it mattered most in their dramatic Prada Cup win.

Ainslie will do everything possible to put a British name on Auld Mug for the first time as his team continues their search.

UK team INEOS will meet Luna Rossa in the Prada Cup final that starts on Saturday.

The winner of the Top 13 Racing Series will go on to race against New Zealand in the Copa America.

The ongoing speculation about the British and New Zealand partnership will certainly cement the Prada Cup Final.

Both teams will certainly underestimate the importance of the waterfront talk with so much talk on their page – the British are desperate to outrun the Italians and New Zealanders working hard on their own to prepare for the defense.

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But the alliance appears to be the most plausible outcome as the America’s Cup tries to build on the success and potential of the existing boats that now regularly exceed 50 knots.

Magnus Wheatley, an outspoken British yachting expert, picked up the speculation in his country Rule69 Blog“It’s simply great news for British fans,” he writes on Wednesday, “but there is one big kick for the Italians at the most inopportune moment before the Prada Cup final this weekend.”

“It’s the fire we warned us about. Just wait for the rage on the water. Couldn’t be a better time for the British to piss off Luna Rossa who hasn’t pecked in Auckland with an intriguing approach and strategy to say the least.

“The real story is that being a record contender means a commitment by Sir Jim Ratcliffe to come back again and as British fans, that’s the most exciting news from this cup. Win or lose, Eneos stays in.”

Owner and team sponsor Ineos, Sir Jim Ratcliffe (standing) congratulates Sir Ben Ainsley after the team's victory in the Prada Cup Final

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Owner and team sponsor Ineos, Sir Jim Ratcliffe (standing) congratulates Sir Ben Ainsley after the team’s victory in the Prada Cup Final

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