May 2014


Competing against one of the toughest fleets on record and with no room for mistakes following a race retirement with a rudder failure, Ashby secured his eighth A-Class world title in Takapuna in February... to bring to 15 his total of world championship victories in multihulls. No wonder Grant Dalton was rather keen to re-sign the prodigiously successful Aussie to his very Kiwi Cup team
 Why they won
If there is one ringing endorsement for the principle of moving the America’s Cup into multihulls then the way that the ‘new Cup’ has provided a high visibility outlet for the talent of small boat sailors like the 8-time A-Class world champion is right up there. Ashby was Jimmy Spithill’s main ‘go-to’ source of advice when he was getting to grips with Oracle’s giant USA-17 in 2010 and he was at the very heart of Grant Dalton’s team in 2013. No surprise that the Kiwis moved so fast to get his name on a contract for 2017.