It was widely known, even in Bermuda, that ETNZ team members took hefty pay cuts to continue being employed at ETNZ. It was also stated that immediately after the AC, Dalton could not pay salaries, and had to sell some of the team assets to be able to pay salaries. Not sure what relevance this has moving forward apart from the fact it might work against TNZ as they are an employer that seems to change their contracts to suit their own business model and everyone else must fall into line, dictatorship much?(easy its a bit of a joke champ) maybe Pete and Blair, or anyone within the team, theres a point where doing it for country doesnt pay the mortgage, will want to have their contracts honoured like any normal bloke or woman would?
Pete will stay at Team NZ whether Ellison offers him double or not. If for no other reason that he is still a member of the NZ Sailing team for the Tokyo Olympics. No doubt Dalton will offer him the skipper role, which by all accounts Glenn Ashby is fine with. Not sure why you think unless i dont know of a rule why they couldnt be olympic team members and sail for another team other than team NZ.
They already can join an awesome world circuit. Its called the GC32 Class. agreed its a bloody great class and going well but not in the same league as the 50's, i can sail a GC around but could barely keep the 45T on the foils
When it comes to guys like Pete and Blair, competing against the best in the world, to be the best in the world is what is appealing. And the top of the world for those guys is the Olympics, and the Americas Cup. They aren't going anywhere. You have to be joking if you think those guys are going to give up sailing for New Zealand at the highest level of their sport for some second rate B-grade pretend Americas Cup regatta. OK so this is stretching it even for a die hard fanboy. Who do you rate as best in the world, what athletes? im genuinely interested to know, and why would they be giving up sailing for NZ at the highest level? they still are NZ citizens so are eligible for games, they raced for Holland and Spain in the VOR right? Is the volvo not the highest level in that part of the sport?
Didnt a very good famous kiwi leave TNZ and is now arguably the most successful Americas cup sailor of our era? he won all the type of things Pete and Blair have and left to continue to be a great sailor, these guys dont have to stay in NZ to be great sailors, they have proved this over and over maybe now they will want to cash in on it.
Maybe they will do the cup, but maybe they will do the 50's sailing amongst a young talented group and have fun racing one design bloody fast boats that they were very happy sailing in bermuda. and earn good freight whilst doing it.
Im totally over you thinking that guys who lost the cup are walking away, a huge amount of time has been spent by those guys trying to get cash to enter and win the cup, they all love it, If they cannot get the funding then what are they supposed to not sail boats they like. If LE called you and said ,hey chump heres X amount come sail the boats on me,we'll look after everything you find your own title sponsor and come sail 40+ knots for shit and giggles, you'd say no? your bloody dreaming son.
I know you pick one or 2 points and dribble on about that and leave all the other point that you cant dispute out so im sure that will keep happening, I just would love for you to step away a little from the line you will not cross and see that its not all doom and gloom over here, actually its pretty bloody good to embrace all aspects of sailing. you should try it, who knows you may even like it.