The 34th America's Cup could wrap up this weekend in San Francisco. Emirates Team New Zealand leads Oracle Team USA 6-0.
Three more race wins, and New Zealand defeats the defending champions. On a trip to San Francisco for the qualifying races, FOX 13's Chris Field caught up with New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.
The 56-year-old considers bringing the oldest trophy in sports home to New Zealand more than a passion -- it's a duty to his maritime country.
"We're the team from New Zealand trying to live off commercial sponsorship, and not a billionaire funding. We don't think it's worth it. We think it's too expensive, ridiculously too expensive in fact, and it's nothing more than a folly", Dalton complains.
The expense priced a number of teams out of the competition, because it takes millions of dollars to research and test designs and to create a competitive boat.
Professional sailor Ed Baird of St. Petersburg is a two-time America's Cup winner. He appreciates the monohull design over the current extreme catamarans.
"When you're in the America's Cup, you're always trying to win it, and when you do win it, you're always trying to make it so you win it again," says Baird.
The defending champion, Oracle Team USA, dictates the 34th America's Cup design and venue. Should New Zealand defeat USA, then the Kiwis would host the next America's Cup and no doubt drastically alter the design.
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