The Big Cats Are Coming

The Big Cats Are Coming © GILLES MARTIN-RAGET / ACEA


Emirates Team New Zealand is scheduled to be first in the water with an AC72, as the team has announced a launch ceremony next weekend.

The Kiwis are planning to debut their first AC72 catamaran in a ceremony at the team base in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday July 21.

“We have been working towards the day for 18 months," said Grant Dalton, the managing director of the team in a post on the team website. "Until now we have said very little about the AC72 project and we have shown even less.

“The design team of more than 30 people has been working since the end of 2010. The build team started in August last year. The AC72i represents more than 50 man-years of design time and 65,000 hours of build time.

“The design and build work has gone ahead behind closed doors.  Now it’s time to share their creation with New Zealand."

ORACLE TEAM USA is also thought to be planning on a launch this summer. Artemis Racing was scheduled to launch their AC72 earlier this month, but pushed that date back following a failure in their 72 wing.

You can find more information on the AC72 here.