America's Cup 2021: Profiles - Grant Dalton (Emirates Team NZ)

  • 01/01/2021


Born: July 27, 1957 (63) 

Role: Team NZ chief executive & manager

America's Cup campaigns: 5

The America's Cup veteran has been part of Emirates Team NZ since 2003 and has helped turn their fortunes around in recent years. 

After losing the trophy in his first campaign, Dalton led the team to second place in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, and to Louis Vuitton Cup victory at Valencia 2007 and San Francisco 2013.

Dalton was heavily criticised for his boat's choke to Oracle Team USA at San Francisco, after leading 8-1. The 63-year-old was condemned for agreeing to a lay-day, allowing the Americans to make crucial changes to their boat that aided their remarkable comeback. 

But after winning his third Louis Vuitton Cup at Bermuda 2017, Dalton was the mastermind behind the Kiwis' victory, bringing the 'Auld Mug' back to New Zealand after 17 years.

Dalton was involved in seven Round the World races, winning three times and finishing second twice. He then skippered and won The Race, a sprint around the world on maxi catamarans, where he broke several records.