1 July 1957 |
Auckland, New Zealand
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. 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.
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).
Motorcycle Road Racing career
Manx GP & Classic TT
In 2014, at 57 years old, Grant entered the Manx Grand Prix as a newcomer, and also the F1 Classic TT, saying ‘I’ve done seven laps around the world and a few America’s Cups, but this is the most extreme thing I’ve ever done.’ 
Dalton's 2014 Classic TT could perhaps best be described as a baptism of fire, given his lack of relevant experience; his best lap in qualifying in 2014 on his F1 Suzuki was 'just' 87.799 mph  and he did not finish the Classic F1 TT, which was won by fellow Kiwi Bruce Anstey at a race average speed of 121.597 mph, but he was back in 2015 and this time qualified for the F1 TT with a lap of 100.047 mph. He gained a coveted finishers medal for the 2015 Classic F1 TT, with an overall race average speed for the four laps, which includes the time spent stationary in the pits for a gravity-fed refuelling stop, of 97.047 mph.
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- Classic TT Friday Qualifying Times Bikesport News
- 2015 F1 TT Qualifying - Fastest Laps iomtt.com
- 2015 F1 Classic TT Results iomtt.com