I agree. I really don't think the Cup is going anywhere. It simply gives Dalton leverage for negotiations for the next cycle.I don't quite understand why ya'll Kiwis hit the panic stations because Dalton might move the Cup out of New Zealand.
You can be assured that Grant will use the "Round the Island Race" as a last resort when all other negotiations with the NZ Government have failed.
We will have a clearer Picture in June methinks. Right know everything on the Venue is just pure speculation.
Meanwhile enjoy SailGP with Jimmy, Ben, Nathan, Tommy and Pete + The Ocean Race Europe if you are an Offshore Sailing Lover.
I think Team NZ both, want to hold the Cup in NZ, and are, or will be in a position to do so without Government assistance, which gives Team NZ leverage when it comes to negotiating Hosting fees with the Government. I think the Government offered $5 million as an investment. An investment in tourism, an investment in the Marine Industry and an investment in innovation and excellence. No doubt the Government also has leverage in existing, purpose built infrastructure, with an eye to extending that infrastructure for the next Defence.
I personally don't think Daltons plays the same "trick" every Cup. I think its the reality of a Cup campaign. As Grant Simmer said "if you manage your campaign correctly, you run out of money the same time as you run out of time. I think the budget is spent by the end of every cup cycle. Thats just the way it is with the Americas Cup. Starting again isn't easy when the budget is exhausted. Every Cup cycle, ETNZ has had to sell themselves again, and again to sponsors, to advertisers, and to the Government. All options must be open when negotiating for hosting rights, including taking the event overseas.