Hope for Team NZ boat in Volvo Ocean Race

Last updated 05:00 26/02/2014
FUNDRAISING SUCCESS?: European media have speculated that Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton has brokered a deal with a Spanish partner.

Related Links

Grant Dalton on fundraising drive for Team NZ

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Joseph Parker's WBO title fight being switched from New Zealand to United States now looks '70-80%' Michael Venus and Mate Pavic miss out in final of ATP tournament in Stockholm Kiwi Paralympic hero Liam Malone recounts amusing airport security story Joseph Parker's world title fight could switch to US as tight timeframe hinders NZ promotion Chicago Cubs make Major League Baseball's World Series after lengthy hiatus Kiwi kickboxer Israel Adesanya triumphs in Denver to secure world title shot Two years in the making, Adrian Taihia, Robert Berridge finally meet for NZ boxing title Cleveland Indians fans pitch in to buy rookie Ryan Merritt's wedding gifts after game-winning display Two-time Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston to retire from cycling In Cubdom, the anticipation is brimming, the eagerness palpable

Team New Zealand's hopes of having a boat in this year's around the world race remain afloat with a deal being brokered with a Spanish partner.

European media have speculated that Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton's fund-raising venture there over the past three week's has netted a deal with Spain's Pedro Campos, another veteran of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Dalton suggested the reports were more speculative than reality but confirmed there had been significant progress.

He said there was still some way to go to raise the $30m required to be competitive.

The race starts in Alicante in Spain in October and includes a stopover in Auckland in March.

Dalton believes that with government and Auckland money involved in the race, it's important to have a New Zealand entry.

He said he was dealing with a yachting organisation that has a track record in Spain.

Campos campaigned Telefonica in the last Volvo race, finishing fourth. Team New Zealand finished second behind French entry Groupama.

Team New Zealand contested the last race with huge sponsorship from Spanish shoe giant Camper.

Dalton suggested the new arrangements would be different.

European media are suggesting large Spanish insurance company MAPFRE are coming to the party.

They sponsor tennis great Rafael Nadal and have a history of sponsoring sailing in Spain.

Dalton believed Australian Chris Nicholson would again be the sailor to skipper the New Zealand entry.

Team New Zealand are looking at a May deadline to confirm their involvement.

The next edition of the 11 ports, 38,739 nautical miles odyssey is a one-design race and there are spare boats available.

Five entries have already been confirmed.

Team New Zealand remains working on involvement in the next America's Cup but are waiting for the protocol to be released by holders Oracle and Challenger of Record Hamilton Island Yacht Club (Australia).

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media


Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content