American Cup 2021: Stars & Stripes looking for Team NZ boats for challenger series | Instant News

The struggling American team has gone to an independent American Cup arbitration panel, asking for permission to use ships built in other countries.

Current rules prohibit the use of it, so they need an exception ..

“This has never happened before,” said American Cup historian Tom Ehman. “That’s too much.”

The NZ team is currently building their second ship – which they will race to defend the American Cup.

Ehman said giving up Te Aihe would give them important insights on how it compared to other challengers, without having to race with them.

On top of that, it will also provide cash and credibility, while angering three other teams – Luna Rossa, American Magic and the UK Ineos Team.

“They will be very crazy,” Ehman said. “A challenger betrays another challenger.”

The NZ team has told Newshub: “Basically, this is a problem for challengers to solve.

“Of course, all of New Zealand will welcome the fourth challenger to compete in Auckland this summer.”

Said Ehman: “I call them the NZ Stars & Stripes Team.”

A decision can come within six weeks and the results might decide whether the NZ Team can contradict each other next March.

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