Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hutchinson quits TNZ

Tactician Terry Hutchinson resigned from Team New Zealand on Tuesday afternoon.
The America's Cup syndicate released a statement saying they have been unable to agree on the terms and conditions of a continued relationship.
The syndicate boss Grant Dalton said Hutchinson was a key factor in leading the team to victory in the Louis Vuitton Cup.
The resignation is effective immediately.
Yachting commentator Peter Montgomery suspects there may be more to it than meets the eye.
He says if Hutchinson is as good as Team New Zealand says he was in Valencia, then why are they electing to let him go?
Montgomery wonders if - due to mistakes in the America's Cup match against Alinghi - the American tactican was offered so little money that he was forced to walk away.
Team New Zealand are refusing to make any further comment.
Hutchinson served as the team's tactician in 13 America's Cup Acts, the Louis Vuitton Challenger Selection competition, and the finals of the 32nd America's Cup after joining the after guard in 2004.
However, the American-born sailor was clearly outpointed by Alinghi's Brad Butterworth in the America's Cup finals and made several crucial errors in the latter races of the series. -