9 Nov 2017

Exposed: the dark side of the America's Cup

From Nine To Noon, 10:11 am on 9 November 2017
Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Peter Burling during the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup Qualifiers, Day 4 of racing in The Great Sound of Hamilton, Bermuda on May 30th, 2017.

Photo: AFP

It's the oldest and most prestigious trophy in the international sporting world – the Auld Mug, won by Emirates Team New Zealand in a thrilling victory over Oracle Team USA in Bermuda earlier this year

But the America's Cup has a colourful past rife with dirty deals, spying, betrayal and legal battles throughout its 166-year history.

All is revealed in a new book Exposed: The Dark Side of the America's Cup, a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the most controversial contests in the sporting world.

The book covers from why Louis Vuitton abandoned the event, to the controversial Dutch claim that they designed the iconic Australia II keel instead of Ben Lexcen and why lone wolf Team New Zealand were ostracised in the latest cup.

And now, as Team New Zealand looks to defend its title in 2021 in Auckland, we see a raft of changes in the new protocol, harking back to more of a traditional era, with the reinstatement of the mono hull boats and a sense the original ‘Deed of Gift’ is being honoured.

The book's authors are former yachting journalist and publisher Alan Sefton and America's Cup historian and broadcaster Larry Keating.

“If you read the Deed of Gift carefully it’s very clear what this regatta is supposed to be all about and this regatta is not supposed to be all about skitterish catamarans on short courses races over in 20 minutes.” Alan Sefton