The New Zealand team are increasingly encouraged by their performance and reliability as they train in the deep Auckland winter.
American Cup defenders returned out on the water on Monday to start the following week, following a match in which their AC75 Te Aihe was tested under some extreme conditions at Waitemata Harbor.
A Te Aihe shot, rising from the top of the foil and directing its way in front of the dense black cloud, is testimony to the pressure created by the syndicate to try to produce a winning formula in a radically new design.
Emirates boss, New Zealand Team Grant Dalton is happy with his team’s water activities because they feel comfortable with the boat and five courses that will be available for racing from December to March.
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“We are in the deep lane, from North Head to Rangitoto in a pretty heavy wind, so it goes very fast and wow, it’s already burning,” Dalton said. Goods.
“It’s amazing, this is a great place to sail. It’s complicated and you need a boat that is very easy to control and can be controlled. “
Under normal circumstances, Te Aihe will be on a container ship returning to New Zealand now from the UK, with world series regattas in Italy and England complete.
But the coronavirus pandemic canceled it and forced the New Zealand Team into a winter testing and training program when they built a second AC75 that will be used to defend the American Cup next March.
They have managed to get enough windows from good weather to make some good profits and, with the storm that is always there, they will definitely find that their first ship is strong.
The upper wind limit for the American Cup has been set at 23 knots and the Kiwis will be more comfortable with it, based on their training efforts.
“We are happy,” Dalton said of the current shipping block which began once Te Aihe returned home from Europe.
“Really, we have a ship that will race when we dismantle it,” he added to return to development mode.
“Reliability will be a pretty big thing, and the ship is very good [with that]”
The crews who sailed clearly maintain their focus while financial accusations revolve around the implementation of the big screen race in Auckland.
The current training block is the strongest since Te Aihe was launched last September, coming on the back of some important development work on their small-scale test boat, Te Kahu, during late summer and autumn.
The New Zealand team will soon join the American Magic of the New York Yacht Club in Auckland waters.
The Americans have developed their base enough to now move their AC75 Defiant inside to be refitted.
American Magic had arrived earlier in Auckland when a health crisis gripped the world.
Deciding to establish in Auckland and finding nuance for a varied course would be more beneficial than other training blocks on Rhode Island during the summer of the United States.
Two other challengers, INEOS Team UK and Italy Luna Ross, continue to train in Europe ahead of their move to Auckland.
Emirates NZ Team
The NZ team celebrates three years since winning the American Cup in Bermuda.
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