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Celebrating the AC45 in New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand:, Monday, February 07, 2011

 
 

Boat One Officially Commissioned Upon Its Hand-Over to America’s Cup Race Management



With its technical shakedown now complete, it is handover day for the new AC45 wing-sailed catamaran, marking the beginning of the next era of the America’s Cup. America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) will now manage the logistics, care and maintenance of the prototype as competitors test the boat over the coming weeks. The AC45 is the forerunner to the larger AC72, which will be used in the 34
thAmerica’s Cup.

A traditional Maori blessing will start the day as competitors, prospective competitors and New Zealand dignitaries converge to see the latest in America’s Cup technology and celebrate the tireless effort of the New Zealand marine industry to make this occasion possible.

“To see the AC45 come together from just a concept in September to a full-fledged racing machine by January is a true testament to the skill of the New Zealand marine industry,” said Iain Murray, America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) CEO and Regatta Director. “In particular we would like to thank the team at Core Builders Composites who have produced an incredible boat that is fast yet robust. They remain hard at work on the balance of the AC45 fleet, which will be delivered to the teams for testing through April, before we leave Auckland to compete in the 2011 America’s Cup World Series.”

Dignitaries in attendance include:

 

  • Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland
  • Jonathan Coleman, Associate Minister of Tourism
  • Ngati Whatua Orakei, an Auckland iwi (tribe)
  • Iain Murray, ACRM CEO and Regatta Director
  • Team members from Artemis Racing and ORACLE Racing
  • Jo Aleh, Olivia Powrie, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, top New Zealand youth sailors

WHEN:

February 8, 2011

WHERE:

America’s Cup Race Management Boat Shed, 101 Halsey Street, in the Viaduct, Auckland

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Images and b-roll from today’s ceremony will be made available at americascupmedia.com after the event

About the America’s Cup

 

Nearly 160 years old, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. Initially a one-on-one competition between teams representing foreign yacht clubs, the America’s Cup has evolved into one of the world's leading sporting competitions – featuring the best sailors on the world’s fastest boats – the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans. The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series, will be held July 13 - September 1, 2013. The 34th America's Cup Finals will be held in San Francisco September 7 -22, 2013, with the new America's Cup World Series beginning in 2011. For more information, visit www.americascup.com

 
   

Photos © ACEA (2011) / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

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About the America's Cup

Nearly 160 years old, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. Initially a one-on-one competition between foreign teams, the America’s Cup has evolved into one of the world's leading sporting competitions – featuring the best sailors on the world’s fastest boats, the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans. The new America's Cup World Series begins its inaugural season August 2011. In the summer of 2013, the 34th America's Cup begins with the Louis Vuitton Cup July 4- September 1, followed by the America's Cup Finals September 7-22.



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