Oceanracing Profisegler Grant Dalton

Grant Dalton
Emirates Team New Zealand

2009 1st Audi Medcup (mastman)
2007 2nd Americas Cup(Managing Dir.)
2002 3rd Volvo Ocean R.
2002 1st THE RACE
1998 2nd Whitbread
1994 1st Whitbread
Portrait
Grant Dalton
Age: 50
Married with two children

Dalton thrives on the challenge of creating a campaign: building the boats, moulding a crew and then competing in a tough, nine-month tactical battle around the world. Dalton manages his Whitbread campaigns like a business – key people in the Nautor Challenge campaign are responsible for important aspects of the programme but he oversees the sportive and technical project down to the most minute detail. While he enjoys the business life, he lives for the racing.     Grant Dalton
Emirates Team New Zealand Managing Director
1981/82: Grant Dalton took part in his first Whitbread
1983: Southern Cross / Australia, including Sydney / Hobart
1985: Ocean Racing World Championship / Admiral´s Cup
1985/86: Whitbread, watch leader on Lion _blank Zealand with Sir Peter Blake
1993/94: Victory in the Whitbread
1997/98: 2nd place in the Whitbread
2001: Winner of THE RACE onboard the catamaran Club Med.
2001/02 3rd Volvo Ocean Race
2009 1st Audi Medcup (mastman)
2007 2nd Americas Cup(Managing Dir.)
2002 3rd Volvo Ocean R.
2002 1st THE RACE
2009 1st Audi Medcup (Emirates mastman)

Grant Dalton — a mission in Valencia
Known for his exploits from over two decades in round-the-world yacht racing, Grant Dalton has turned his attention to match racing and the America’s Cup.
Called to restructure and revitalise Team New Zealand after its loss of the America’s Cup in February 2003, Dalton’s mission is to win back the Cup in 2007.
He thrives on the challenge of creating a campaign, creating and managing a team, attending to sponsorship and marketing demands and running the business.
He has approached the task as managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand by retaining and recruiting key people in every area of the team’s operation and harnessing the creative energy for which the team is renowned.
Following a successful regatta series in Europe in September and October 2004 and the completion of the summer testing programme in Auckland, he is confident that Emirates Team New Zealand is on track.

Dalton gives key people responsibility for important aspects of the programme but he oversees the project in great detail. While he enjoys the business life (he is an accountant by trade), he lives for the racing. Life is somewhat different with Emirates Team New Zealand and the America’s Cup. “But it’s still yacht racing. There’s a need for team-work, co-operation and courage which can mean the difference between winning and losing.”

Aged 47, he sets a punishing pace, juggling his international travel and management responsibilities with full participation in the team’s sailing programme.
Grant has long had a passion for motor racing, being an avid F1 fan and with life with Emirates Team New Zealand more settled than a round-the-world campaign, he is making time to race on the New Zealand motor racing circuit.

Grant Dalton has raced around the world seven times. His first was the 1981-82 Whitbread on board the winning Dutch yacht Flyer II. His most memorable circumnavigation was the 62-day winning sprint around the world as skipper of Club Med. That race started Jan 1, 2001 and finished on March 3. Club Med broke several records along the way including the distance sailed in 24 hours (656 nautical miles) and the fastest circumnavigation (62 days and 7 hours).

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