Grant Dalton

Steve Joyce just loves giving money to rich people

No sooner have the public scuttled Grant Dalton’s bid for our tax dollars, and Steve Joyce gives a stack load to a company that almost exclusively contracts for Oracle’s America’s Cup racing program.

They say in comedy timing is everything, and after the revelation Oracle Team USA’s Warkworth based boat builders are receiving a government hand out all you can do is laugh.

The punch line is that it comes just days after John Key reiterated that he isn’t prepared to continue his government’s investment in Emirates Team New Zealand, leaving their future in doubt.

The headlines for the original story may have been a little misleading – the funding is not directly for Oracle – but it’s definitely not a good look to be aiding the opposition when the home team is struggling.

Core Builders Composites have built Oracle’s America’s Cup boats since their 2003 challenge and has received the grant for research and development.

That R&D will either be to create a better boat for Oracle to defend the America’s Cup in 2017, or maybe one of Core Builders other big projects like disco balls.

It might not be the only work Core Builders does, but some say 80 percent of the work done in Warkworth is for Oracle.

The company has been described as Larry Ellison’s plaything. Read more »

Someone needs to tell Dalton he’s dreamin’

Grant Dalton really needs to watch ‘The Castle’ and listen to Daryl Kerrigan.

Team New Zealand will fight for an America’s Cup pre-regatta in Auckland, despite the event’s organisers announcing all races will be in Bermuda in 2017.

Prime Minister John Key said it was “extremely unlikely” the team would get government funding following the announcement on the Cup’s official website yesterday.

Team NZ board chairman Keith Turner told the Herald it “was not the end of the road” for an Auckland qualifying race and the America’s Cup Event Authority’s (ACEA) statement was not legal. The decision was subject to a legal process after the ACEA backtracked on its decision to hold an Auckland event, he said.

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Bad news for Dalton, wonder if he has rung the sponsors yet?

Grant Dalton has for months been telling sponsors that the government money is in the bank.

I’m not so sure on that, because as of last night America’s Cup organisers have canned the Auckland series.

Radio New Zealand reports:

Auckland has officially been scrapped as host city for one of the qualifying rounds of the America’s Cup, jeopardising government funding for Team New Zealand.

The official America’s Cup website said that at a meeting on Friday, the competitors agreed on the details of the 2017 race programme, with all racing set to take place in Bermuda.    Read more »

Now here’s a surprise: spoiled rich kids upset that spoiled rich kids act spoilt

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A joint statement published on the official America’s Cup website and signed by defending champions Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing of Sweden, Britain’s Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France hit out at Team New Zealand.

“We are disappointed to see how Team New Zealand are characterising the rule changes that reflect the collective will of the America’s Cup teams,” the statement said. Read more »

Luna Rossa back out of America’s Cup

Italian outfit Luna Rossa is withdrawing from the next America’s Cup after teams voted to reduce the size of boats for the 2017 regatta in Bermuda.

Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand voted on Tuesday against reducing the size of the catamarans for the second time in less than a year.

However, they were out-voted by two-time defending champions Oracle Team USA and challengers Artemis Racing of Sweden, Ben Ainslie Racing of Britain and Team France.

The America’s Cup class rules could only be changed by unanimous consent, but Oracle Team USA last week led an amendment to change the class rule to a majority vote.

“This radical change also implies a waste of important resources already invested based on the rules that were sanctioned in June last year,” Luna Rossa said in a team statement.

The 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco was raced in 72-foot (22m) catamarans.

You have to admit:  will you ever see anything as exciting as those boats ever again?  The possibility of serious danger and spectacular and catastrophic failure made the whole thing so much more exciting.  If it wasn’t for the 9-8 loss, we’d think the whole race, including the boats, was perfect just as it was last time.   Read more »

Good, now taxpayers are off the hook at last, but Dalton is clinging desperately to the trough

Steve Joyce must be breathing a sigh of relief as he gets and escape clause from having to pour more corporate welfare into Team New Zealand.

But the idiot Grant Dalton, who these days tends to think with his little head is deciding to waste more taxpayer funds by challenging the organisers.

Team New Zealand are challenging a decision by the America’s Cup Events Authority to ditch Auckland as host of the qualifying regatta in early 2017.

But chief executive Grant Dalton says regardless of the outcome of any hearing “this is not the end of Emirates Team New Zealand”.    Read more »

Steve Joyce rushed out to buy a lottery ticket

Joyce had promised Team New Zealand tax payers’ money.  Guaranteed.  No matter that Bill English doesn’t have it, and no matter than John Key got cold feet after polling the electorate and he found a huge cold shoulder.

Team New Zealand’s future in the America’s Cup is in serious doubt after the Government confirmed the loss of the qualifying round in Auckland would mean zero funding.

Cup organisers told media this afternoon that Auckland would not be hosting a qualifying round after Team New Zealand opposed a move to smaller boat sizes yesterday.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce told the Herald that without a presence in Auckland, there would be no money.

“We are interested in being involved as a sponsor as a much lower basis than last time, and on the basis there is a qualifying series in Auckland,” Mr Joyce said. “If that was to change then we could not be involved.”

Oh my was he quick to jump onto that bandwagon.  The circumstances have given him an out.  We all get to win this way.  Well, except Grant Dalton who has been going around the sponsors guaranteeing the New Zealand government money was going to be paid out. Read more »

Impertinent question

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Why is Grant Dalton going around assuring sponsors that the New Zealand government money is guaranteed? Is he blowing hot air, or does Steve Joyce have some explaining to do?

Deaker says Dalton must go

Murray Deaker reckons Team NZ’s problems lie with Grant Dalton.

Dalton must realise that his use-by date has been and gone. I believe he has made three fundamental errors that mean many sailors and certainly a large number of sports journalists have lost respect for him.

Dalton should never have called a lay-day during the last America’s Cup.

It should not have been his call. It should have been the sole right of Dean Barker to make that call, as skipper. Barker didn’t even know that Dalton had made the call. Dalton made the call for commercial reasons … some of the key sponsors hadn’t arrived in San Francisco and he wanted them to see the final victory. This decision, on its own, is so bad it should have led to his resignation.

Second, Dalton should never have been on the boat as a grinder. Russell Coutts pointed out the folly of this to Dalton in a public debate before the event began.

Winston Macfarlane was recognised as a much better grinder, being stronger, younger and more focused.

Third, Dalton lost his focus and some of his behaviour off the water in San Francisco, meaning he lost the respect of his team.

If Team New Zealand is to survive it will do so only if Dalton resigns. He has had his day and it is unbelievable that there is no one on the board of Team New Zealand prepared to tell him so.

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Once again, Grant Dalton wants it both ways

Team New Zealand manager Grant Dalton says comments Dean Barker made on Campbell Live last night are “regrettable”, but he’s not shutting the door on the syndicate’s former skipper.

Dalton not only disputes Barker’s claim he found he had been dumped through the media, but denies he was dumped at all.

“The emotive word that came out in the press was the word ‘dumped’,” Dalton said on Firstline this morning.

“Dean Barker, in no shape or form, has been dumped. Dean Barker is a valuable member of Emirates Team New Zealand who has been offered a new role which we see, and identified from the review – of which he was part of – a key role with this organisation going forward. It’s his decision now whether he takes that or not.”

That role is one off the water as Performance Manager and Sailing Coach – the problem is, Barker doesn’t want it.

Of course he’s been dumped.   If this was politics, you’d say that David Cunliffe went from party leader, but now he’s not, and he’s got some sort of role.  He’s dumped.    Let’s not play silly buggers.   Read more »