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Two current stars joined forces to raise over NZ$200,000 to assist two former America’s Cup stars in their next quest: the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Russell Coutts and Grant Dalton, CEO’s of current champions Oracle Team USA and the challenger Emirates Team New Zealand sparred at a black-tie fundraiser in Auckland, New Zealand, for Richard Dodson and David Barnes.

Two current stars joined forces to raise over NZ$200,000 to assist two former America’s Cup stars in their next quest: the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Russell Coutts and Grant Dalton, CEO’s of current champions Oracle Team USA and the challenger Emirates Team New Zealand sparred at a black-tie fundraiser in Auckland, New Zealand, for Richard Dodson and David Barnes.

When I was recording the capsize, I knew this was the most exciting shot I’d ever taken. Seeing Russell fall through the wing sail was a little terrifying. I knew that there was a lot of interest in the AC45’s and this shot showed just how vulnerable they were to tiny mistakes.

Vince Castongia filmed Going, going, going…gone. We asked him what was going through his mind as he was filming and seeing the boat go over…

AC World Series San Francisco Preview – ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS
Some might find it bemusing that a four-time America’s Cup champion can be second fiddle to someone nearly 20 years younger, but such is the plight of Russell Coutts. The CEO of ORACLE TEAM USA has willingly taken a backseat to team skipper Jimmy Spithill as the reigning America’s Cup champs look to win the trophy again in 2013.
Coutts, however, takes the helm of the team’s No. 5 AC45 for the World Series regattas, and he can’t be taken lightly on the racecourse. He’s won back-to-back match racing championships at Newport and San Francisco, in both instances beating Spithill
Prediction: It would be surprising if Coutts didn’t make a run at the podium for the match racing, and if he can stay on the water he’ll figure in the mix for the fleet racing as well.

AC World Series San Francisco Preview – ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS

Some might find it bemusing that a four-time America’s Cup champion can be second fiddle to someone nearly 20 years younger, but such is the plight of Russell Coutts. The CEO of ORACLE TEAM USA has willingly taken a backseat to team skipper Jimmy Spithill as the reigning America’s Cup champs look to win the trophy again in 2013.

Coutts, however, takes the helm of the team’s No. 5 AC45 for the World Series regattas, and he can’t be taken lightly on the racecourse. He’s won back-to-back match racing championships at Newport and San Francisco, in both instances beating Spithill

Prediction: It would be surprising if Coutts didn’t make a run at the podium for the match racing, and if he can stay on the water he’ll figure in the mix for the fleet racing as well.