As soon as Team NZ lifted the 2000 America's Cup, dramas engulfed the sailors and management. Current affairs programme Assignment investigates the decision by skipper Russell Coutts and tactician Brad Butterworth to join billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi syndicate. What followed was an exodus of Kiwi sailors to the Swiss-based franchise. Reporter Kerryanne Evans interviews Coutts, Butterworth and Team NZ trustee Ralph Norris about the events that splintered a winning team. Businessman Douglas Myers (a backer of Sir Peter Blake) does not hold back his opinions on Coutts' decision.
I was incredibly bitter...the night we won because I knew half the team were leaving.– Tactician Brad Butterworth on the dramas swirling around Team NZ in 2000
Article on Russell Coutts' 'defection' from Team NZ, The NZ Herald, February 2003
Article on Russell Coutts & Brad Butterworth leaving Team NZ, The NZ Herald, January 2003
Profile of sailor Russell Coutts, The NZ Herald, February 2003
Article on Douglas Myers' support for sailor Peter Blake, Sail World website, April 2017