The New Zealand team had a tough day on the water, with the American Cup holders flipping over on the first day of practice racing.
The New Zealand team led the British Ineos Team at the bottom line, sailing around 35 knots, before their bows entered the water.
The problem was resolved immediately, with no one apparently injured.
The New Zealand team were the first to overturn one of the 75-foot monohulls that thwarted a radical in 2019, in a slow-motion tip-over at the inner harbor.
They then turned their first ship Te Aihe over twice last year, one incident leaving the ship with damage to the rudder base.
Today’s race is part of an additional exercise approved for Team NZ by this week’s American Cup arbitration panel to test the Race Management System ahead of the Prada Cup challenger series.
The arbitration panel won the New Zealand Team after Luna Rossa asked for a decision from the panel to conduct the final rehearsal of RMS and TV production ahead of the Prada Cup, without coordinated sailing – race between boats.
Towards a Cup race?
• Be aware that traffic will be busy, and parking space will be very limited.
• Give yourself plenty of time and think about taking the ferry, train, or bus.
• Make sure your AT HOP card is in your pocket. That’s the best way to move up to the Cup.
• For more ways to enjoy race day, visit at.govt.nz/americascup.