12 Sep 2017

America's Cup: 'Cat back in bag' with monohull news

From Morning Report, 8:21 am on 12 September 2017

Team New Zealand has confirmed its 2021 America's Cup defence will be sailed in monohull yachts rather than the foiling catamarans which raced in Bermuda.

Former NZ skipper and America's Cup veteran Chris Dickson joins us to discuss the plan.

"I think Team NZ was surprised at the announcement. The Italians have effectively put the cat back in the bag, so it's Team NZ reacting to the Italians' telling us what seems to have been agreed some time ago," he says. 

"Team NZ - on their agenda will be to have a great event, a great regatta..." Dickson says they really need at least eight teams to come in order to make it big. 

He says the rapidly changing technology means there could be some surprises with what's possible at the next race.