America's Cup: Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby open to role change

The Team New Zealand skipper would like to be involved in some way when the Auld Mug is defended in 2021.
The Team New Zealand skipper would like to be involved in some way when the Auld Mug is defended in 2021. Photo credit: Getty Images

Skipper Glenn Ashby is open to a change of roles with Team New Zealand, ahead of their America's Cup defence in 2021.

The experienced Australian yachtie worked alongside helmsman Peter Burling during their triumph in Bermuda as they won back the Auld Mug after beating Team USA 7-1 in June.

Nothing's been locked in for Ashby so far, but he is keen to be involved - even if it is off the boat.

"We are regrouping as a team, and I think at the moment, there's nothing really been sort of finalised as far as what a lot of the roles are with the other team going forward," he said.

"Certainly as a group and as a team, we are sitting down together and actually looking very carefully at how we best move forward as a unit to be a stronger team than we were in Bermuda.    

"Nothing's been locked in.  We're all very much open eyes and there are a lot of very, clever, very experienced people in the team, and we'll be looking to the future with new talent and new people coming through.

"All I can say is that we'll absolutely have to raise the bar compared to where we were as a team in Bermuda to be successful here in Auckland in three years.

"I want to be involved in the development, the testing, the racing side of things is absolute all the things that makes me tick, and I love my yachting.

"I want to be at the forefront of the hull programme going forward and I think to be on the water and on the testing side of things is certainly where I see myself as being the most value to the team." 

Team New Zealand has been nominated for team of the year at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards later this month.

They are up against the likes of Real Madrid and the New England Patriots in the final.

Ashby believes it is huge for the team to even be considered for the award.

"It is certainly a huge honour. Obviously, we came from some pretty dark places early on in our campaign and to be able to come through as the lone wolf of the whole America's Cup programme and the whole thing, keeping America's Cup going forward was really a huge effort.

"I think to be able to put yachting on the world stage, with absolutely international successful teams is a real honour and to be able to represent our fellow teammates in that arena is something that I think Kevin [Shoebridge] and I are obviously very, very proud to be able to come over and do it."

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