It's getting hotter in San Francisco ... and not just the summer temperatures, and what's a Cup without a bit of slinging. There's no doubt that Artemis has its back against the wall, and while entering an untrained team on an unproven boat is dangerous, I'm sure ETNZ is not keen to go full-barrel into the first dial up against a foiling AC72 newbie. Perhaps this is why Dalton is happy to tell it like it is ... and be just as happy without the Challenger of Record on the course. Either way, Dalton tells it as it is, and with regard to the Louis Vuitton Cup schedule change announced last week (less sailing) Artemis management obviously doesn't see it the same way ...
Artemis's official statement:
"In response to comments by Emirates Team New Zealand's Managing Director Grant Dalton in a June 8, 2013 article in the New Zealand Herald, we would like to set the record straight. Dalton's proposals to change the race (start direct elimination on July 19, rather than August 6, and alter the format to eliminate the semi-finals) would certainly not help Artemis Racing, as suggested, but make it even harder for us to compete. To shorten an already tight timeline is clearly not acceptable to us, as to any team in the same position. Dalton's proposals benefit no team but his own, and his public insults are out of line and unsportsmanlike.