Team New Zealand, established in 1993, captured the 29th America’s Cup with a 5-0 win against Team Dennis Conner of the United States, then followed with an equally decisive 5-0 win against Italy’s Luna Rossa in AC30. Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi campaign headhunted Team New Zealand’s afterguard prior to AC31 and beat the Kiwis 5-0. Emirates Team New Zealand rebounded, but lost AC32 to Alinghi. The team was sidelined during 2010’s Deed of Gift Challenge but returned for AC34 and was the first to fly on hydrofoils. The Kiwis came within one race of winning AC34. Expect this team to be a serious contender when it hits the water in Bermuda.