Team New Zealand

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Team New Zealand (TNZ) is a sailing team based in Auckland, New Zealand representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Team New Zealand has become a household name in their home country following their consecutive wins in the America's Cup in 1995 and 2000. In doing this, they became the first team from a country outside the United States to successfully win and then defend the America's Cup. Their success in America's Cup competitions have contributed to New Zealand's reputation for producing world-class sailors and boat designers. Emirates Team New Zealand is currently competing in the World Match Racing Tour. Led by their skipper Adam Minoprio, they are widely expected to be the basis for a future America's Cup campaign for New Zealand.

History

Three challenges were launched before the founding of Team New Zealand, all of these backed by Michael Fay.

1987: KZ 7 "Kiwi Magic"

New Zealand entered the America's Cup competition in 1984, when Marcel Fachler, a Belgian then living in Sydney, entered as a challenger following Australia II's victory. Later the campaign's director, former government minister Anthony "Aussie" Malcolm, brought in Michael Fay to help organize and finance the challenge.

In 1986 off Fremantle, Australia KZ 7 was the most dominant boat in the rounds robin competition, winning 33 of 34 starts. In the Semi's she swept French Kiss 4 races to nil, and reached the...
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