No announcement yet.

Outteridge Joins The Kiwi's


  • Outteridge Joins The Kiwi's

    NZ Herald

    Accomplished sailor Nathan Outteridge has joined Team New Zealand for the next America's Cup campaign.

    The 35-year-old Australian, a two-time Olympic medallist with a strong America's Cup history, qualifies under the strict nationality rules to be introduced for the next Cup cycle.

    Outteridge, who lives in Auckland with wife Emma, the daughter of Team NZ manager Ross Blackman, has long been a regular rival of Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling and foils controller Blair Tuke.

    He skippers the Japanese entry in the SailGP and finished second last season.

    At the 2012 London Olympics, Outteridge and teammate Iain Jensen beat Burling and Tuke to win the 49er gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, but lost out to the Kiwi duo four years later in Rio to claim silver. He has also racked up 19 world championship medals across the Moth, 29er, 49er, Farr 40 and Nacra 17 classes, including nine gold medals.

    Outteridge was also helmsman for Artemis Racing in the 2013 America's Cup and went head-to-head with Burling in 2017, which was won by Team NZ.

    Team NZ COO Kevin Shoebridge said Outteridge will strengthen the team.

    "Obviously we are pleased to have secured Nathan to join the sailing team for the 37th America's Cup," Shoebridge said. "Emirates Team New Zealand's approach is to continually get stronger, so with him joining the likes of Pete, Blair, Glenn [Ashby], Josh [Junior], Andy [Maloney], etc., you cannot have too much talent and he will compliment this group well.

    "His experience and knowledge in high performance foiling boats can only benefit Emirates Team New Zealand and AC37 campaign, and we are looking forward to him joining the rest of the team."

    It is unclear how Outteridge will fit into the Kiwi setup. There is also potential for Outteridge to join Burling in a dual-helmsman approach as seen by Luna Rossa at this year's America's Cup.

    His signing comes as Burling and Tuke's future remains uncertain, with the duo yet to re-sign with Team NZ, while it's understood that Ashby has re-signed with the team.

    Earlier this month, Burling and Tuke said they are waiting for "clarity" around the 37th America's Cup defence before re-signing with Team NZ.

    The Kiwi sailing duo, who have been competing in Europe for the New Zealand SailGP team following their 49er silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, are off contract with Team NZ in December.

    "It's been a busy year. Since AC36 we've been overseas dedicated to representing New Zealand at the Olympic Games and a big European leg with the NZL SailGP Team, as well as continuing our work with Live Ocean," Burling and Tuke said in a joint statement.

    "We're supportive of Team New Zealand management's efforts to ensure a successful defence of the America's Cup and respect the complexities the next event will bring in a post-Covid world.

    "As you can appreciate, we'd like clarity on the fundamentals of the event before we commit. We're in regular conversation with the team as the process is worked through."

    Details around the next America's Cup are still yet to be confirmed, with the protocol due to be published on November 17, while the venue for 37th edition of the event still remains unknown following a stagnant last-ditch bid to keep the Cup defence in New Zealand.
      Posting comments is disabled.

    Latest Articles


    • ETNZ's Hydrogen Powered Chase Vessel More Efficient Than Expected
      by Photoboy
      Emirates Team New Zealand Reach Range And Speed Milestones In ‘Chase Zero’
      Auckland, New Zealand - 11th May 2022

      Emirates Team New Zealand have been continuing the successful commissioning and testing of their hydrogen powered foiling chase boat ‘Chase Zero’ on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf since its launch just five weeks ago

      The team have now run Chase Zero for 36 hours of motoring so far and over 1042km (562.6 nautical miles)
      05-11-2022, 11:40 AM
    • Slingsby Joins American Magic
      by Photoboy


      Pensacola, F.L. – Nearly a decade ago, Tom Slingsby helped an American team win the most prestigious trophy in sailing, the 34th America’s Cup. In 2024, he hopes to do it again. New York Yacht Club American Magic is pleased to announce it has signed Slingsby, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and multi-class world champion, to its sailing team for its pursuit of
      05-03-2022, 08:36 AM
    • American Magic Announces Core Team
      by Photoboy
      NEW YORK YACHT CLUB AMERICAN MAGIC CORE SAILING TEAM CONFIRMED Newport, R.I. – Today, New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. sailing team challenging for the 37th America’s Cup, confirmed the initial core sailing team roster: Tom Burnham, Lucas Calabrese, Andrew Campbell, Riley Gibbs, Paul Goodison, Michael Menninger, and Dan Morris. Tom Burnham (Newport, R.I.) Tom joins American Magic as Head Coach. Tom has sailed on three America’s Cup teams, Young America, and twice wit...
      03-08-2022, 09:33 AM
    • Turning An Eye Towards A Land Speed Record
      by Photoboy
      Auckland, New Zealand - 20th February 2022 Some childhood dreams can become realities, others remain just that- dreams. For a 10-year-old boy growing up in Bendigo Australia, his childhood dream was to go faster than anyone else had done, powered by the wind. Speed has always been at the centre of Glenn Ashby’s existence, on yachts, motorbikes- or land yachts. The quest for speed has won him 3 America’s Cups, an Olympic Silver Medal and 17 World Championships in 4 different classes of boa...
      02-21-2022, 10:28 AM
    • Leadership Positions For American Magic Announced
      by Photoboy
      NEW YORK YACHT CLUB AMERICAN MAGIC ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP TEAM Newport, R.I. – New York Yacht Club American Magic is pleased to announce its leadership team as the program continues its investment in top talent and preparation for the 37th America’s Cup. The leadership appointments reflect a commitment to people who bring deep experience and diverse backgrounds and capabilities developed with lessons learned from the AC36 campaign. • Mike Cazer (Grand Rapids, Mich.) will ...
      02-17-2022, 10:07 AM
    • The Next Generation Begins Production
      by Photoboy
      AC40's IN PRODUCTION Just over 11 months since Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC75 ‘Te Rehutai’ crossed the finish line to claim the 36th America’s Cup, its younger sister class- the AC40 is already in production. While much of the world was having a well-earned break during the transition from 2021 into 2022 the 7 axis CNC machine at McConaghy Boats production facility was working 24/7 carving out the tooling for the hull of the new class. The AC40 hull shape is based on that of T...
      01-26-2022, 02:08 PM