Grant Dalton

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Grant Dalton
Born (1957-07-01) 1 July 1957 (age 56)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation professional sailor

Grant Stanley Dalton, OBE (born 1 July 1957), is a New Zealand sailor who has competed in five Whitbread Round the World Races and currently manages Team New Zealand.

Background[edit]

Dalton is a professional sailor who started sailing at the age 8 in the P Class and soon started racing as a member of Maraetai Sailing Club. He was awarded an OBE in the 1995 New Year Honours, for services to yachting.[1] He was shortlisted in 2001 by the International Sailing Federation for the ISAF World Sailor of the Year Awards.

His other passion away from sailing is motor racing; as an avid F1 fan and with life with Emirates Team New Zealand more settled than a round-the-world campaign, he can now race on the New Zealand motor racing circuit.

Sailing career[edit]

Offshore Racing[edit]

Grant Dalton has raced around the world seven times; the first five as part of the Whitbread Round the World Race later to be called the Volvo Ocean Race. This race has transformed itself during Grant's involvement from a race of adventurers to a grand prix yachting event. Here is a list of his participation

  • 1981-82 Whitbread in Flyer II
  • 1983 Southern Cross Cup
  • 1985 Admiral's Cup
  • 1985-86 Whitbread in Lion New Zealand
  • 1987 Admiral's Cup
  • 1989-90 Whitbread in Fisher & Paykel a Maxi Ketch designed by Farr Yacht Design
  • 1991 Fastnet
  • 1993-94 New Zealand Endeavour
  • 1997-98 Merit Cup - Volvo Ocean 60
  • 2001-02 Amer Sports One - Volvo Ocean 60 designed by German Frers

He then skippered and won the The Race, a sprint around the world on maxi catamaran Club Med. The race started on 1 January 2001 and finished on 3 March. Club Med broke several records along the way including the distance sailed in 24 hours (656 nautical miles) and the fastest circumnavigation (62 days and 7 hours).

America's Cup[edit]

He was called in to restructure and revitalise Team New Zealand after its loss of the America’s Cup in February 2003.

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