As Oracle notched up another win in the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand were celebrating getting their certificates of participation for the regatta. Collecting the certificates, which were presented by team CEO Grant Dalton after being drawn up on his laptop during the first race of the day, was described by Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker as “better than winning the Cup itself.”
“This is what investing millions of dollars of taxpayers money is all about,” Barker told reporters as he collected his certificate of participation. “Just by being here and sailing, regardless of how we’re choking in the face of Oracle’s resurgence, is what sport is all about – participation. I think Kiwi kids could learn a lot from how we’ve been participating so well in these races, especially by making sure Oracle gets to walk all over us out on the course.”
Grant Dalton was equally as exciting about the certificates, “It doesn’t get much better than this,” he said. “We’ve nearly blown every advantage given to us by the international jury, but knowing that we were here, participating and having fun just makes it all worth it.”
Team New Zealand have confirmed that the crew will be celebrating getting their certificates later this afternoon by redeeming the free McDonald’s sundae vouchers that came attached to the A4 pieces of paper.