SIR MICHAEL FAY
A merchant banker who agreed to back New Zealand's 1987 challenge for the America's Cup in Perth. The New Zealand team made it as far as the challenger finals and in 1988 Fay was behind a bid to challenge then-holders the San Diego Yacht Club for the cup in the large, single-hulled KZ1. The litigation was furious but did not stop defender Dennis Conner building a much faster multihull in which Stars & Stripes easily won the contest. Sir Michael had one more go at the cup in San Diego in 1992. New Zealand ended up losing the challenger finals after protests about the way it used its bowsprit.
The skipper for New Zealand's first America's Cup challenge in Perth in 1987. NZ boat KZ7 finished second in the challenger series behind Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, which went on to win the cup. Other America's Cup roles include skippering Nippon challenger entrant in 1992, skippering Tag Heuer challenger in 1995, and being skipper of Oracle BMW Racing in 2003, and skipper and chief executive of BMW Oracle Racing in 2007.
Tactician for the 1987 America's Cup challenge in Perth. He was a key member of the 1995 effort which brought the cup to Auckland and of the 2000 team that successfully defended it. Along with Russell Coutts and some others, he left New Zealand for the Swiss-based Alinghi campaign. He was tactician on Alinghi's successful challenge in 2003 and skipper for its successful defence in 2007 and its 2010 loss. He had a run of 16 America's Cup wins.
A New Zealander, Schnackenberg started his long involvement with the America's Cup in the 1977 challenge in Newport where he designed sails for the American defender, Enterprise. He has been involved in 12 cup campaigns, including 1983 when he designed sails for Australia II, the yacht that took the cup away from the US. He was also with the Australians for the unsuccessful 1987 defence, then came on board with New Zealand for the 1988 big boat challenge. He was design co-ordinator and navigator for New Zealand's successful 1995 and 2000 campaigns, and New Zealand syndicate head in 2003 when Alinghi took the cup.
A designer of racing and cruising yachts, including winners of the Whitbread Round the World Race and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. He was co-designer of New Zealand's boats in the 1987 and 2000 America's Cup, and designed the big boat KZ1 for the 1988 challenge.
SIR PETER BLAKE
A bluewater racer, Sir Peter first became involved late in the piece in New Zealand's 1992 America's Cup campaign at the urging of Sir Douglas Myers, who had an investment in the challenge through his Steinlager sponsorship. Along with journalist and publisher Alan Sefton, he put in a New Zealand entry for the 1995 cup series, mortgaging his house in England to fund the US$75,000 entry fee. The New Zealand team with the Black Magic boat NZL32 won the event on the waters off San Diego. He was then heavily involved in ensuring Auckland was ready for the defence in 2000, where New Zealand held onto the cup with a 5-0 win over the Italian Prada team.
SIR RUSSELL COUTTS
An Olympic Games sailing gold medallist, Coutts went on to win four America's Cup campaigns. He was the skipper New Zealand's Black Magic boat which won the cup in San Diego in 1995, and skipper for the successful defence in Auckland in 2000. Then he, and several other members of the crew, left Team New Zealand for the Swiss-based Alinghi campaign which took the cup off New Zealand in 2003. By the time of Alinghi's 2007 defence Coutts was no longer with the team, joining BMW Oracle Racing in the middle of that year as chief executive and skipper, and in 2010 Coutts' team took the cup off Alinghi.
Trained with Team NZ in San Diego during the 1995 America's Cup campaign, although not involved with the challenge. He became a permanent member of the cup team for the successful 2000 defence in Auckland, with skipper Sir Russell Coutts giving up his helming role for Barker in the last race of the series. After Coutts left to join Alinghi, Barker became the New Zealand team's skipper. New Zealand lost the 2003 series to Alinghi, then with Barker at the helm won the 2007 challenger series in Valencia but lost the cup contest 5-2.
A round-the-world racer, Dalton is managing director of the New Zealand America's Cup campaign at San Francisco. He was called in to sort out the New Zealand team after the loss of the cup in 2003. His task was first to rebuild and revitalise the team and mount a credible campaign for the 2007 challenge.
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