Update from Auckland

ETNZ AC72 © Chris Cameron / Emirates Team New Zealand


ETNZ AC72 © Chris Cameron / Emirates Team New Zealand


Luna Rossa AC72 © Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa Challenge 2013


Luna Rossa AC72 © Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa Challenge 2013


Luna Rossa AC72 © Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa Challenge 2013


As calendar page turned to November this week both of the New Zealand based challengers, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, reached milestones.

For the Kiwis, it was the realization that after 16 sailing days aboard the AC72 they were ready to wheel the big boat back into the boat shed for modifications based on the mountain of data they had already collected.

“The design department has collated and analyzed a massive amount of data every time the 72 has sailed and has come up with some changes that we expect will improve performance,” explained team managing director Grant Dalton.

“…We are comfortable with the boat and we can work on building speed by developing on-board systems and racing mechanics and giving the sailing crew time to develop communications and boat handling.”

The Kiwi AC72 is expected to be back on the water within two weeks.

Next door, Luna Rossa sailed its AC72 for the very first time. Following a launch ceremony last week, the boat underwent structural load testing and tow testing earlier this week, before sailing for the first time on Friday.

“I want to thank all of the team, and in particular the shore and design teams, who have worked relentlessly for months, allowing us to meet the deadlines we had set,” said skipper Max Sirena.

The two Auckland based teams are expected to train together over the coming weeks as part of a cooperation agreement designed to accelerate the improvement of both teams.