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Wet & Wild Start to the 2024 Helly Hansen Three Kings Race

After a delayed start, 15 Category 2 racing yachts lined up for the start of the 2024 Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Helly Hansen Three Kings Race in less-than-ideal conditions. 30+ knot squalls ripped across the start line, with torrential rain dampening the start of the 500nm race.

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While the conditions were challenging, the start still got away at the new time of 0900 on Friday 12 th April. 

With reefs in mains, and wet weather gear the clothing of choice, the RNZYS race management team flew Code Flag Y indicating that all crew must wear lifejackets. 

The first casualty was the Sunfast 3300 Indis who suspended racing after ripping reefing points from their main.  

“We ripped the leech on the start line. Slightly gutted as the boat sailed well and Andy nailed the start. But better for this to happen now than at the Three Kings!” said Nigel in a message back to Race Management. 

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The shorthanded team of Andy Benton & Nigel Cherrie got the sail off the boat and to the North Sails loft who repaired it in record time and the team resumed the race.  

However just 45 minutes later when off Takapuna, with the team advised they were officially retiring from the race. 

“There’s a big seaway, we’re out of sync with the rest of the fleet and we’re just not feeling it. This race isn’t for us,” said crew member Nigel.  

Vixen also had issues early on and sent a crew member up the rig to check things out, however, they were moderately injured during the process. Vixen has withdrawn from the race and is now back in Westhaven, and all crew are reported to be ok with no medical assistance needed. Vixen was welcomed back to the dock with a bucket of rum and coke to ease their pain. 

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Brian Petersen’s TP52 V5 has also withdrawn after their main track was torn off the mast. All crew are reportedly ok, and the boat is returning to its berth in Westhaven Marina. 

“Very disappointing…” said Petersen as the team was under motor heading home.  

“We will be investigating how this happened and try to get things fixed as quickly as possible,” continued Petersen. The team were using the Helly Hansen Three Kings Race as a major training session ahead of the Auckland Noumea Yacht Race which starts at the end of May.  

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The Ross 930 Hotdogger , who worked tirelessly to get the boat up to Category 2, have suspended racing due to damage to the top two main cars. They are currently in Gulf Harbour Marina with Gulf Harbour Covers helping them out so they can rejoin the race. 

Clockwork has reported they have lost their VHF aerial from the top of the mast and have reverted to the emergency communications plan to keep in touch throughout the race. 

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Meanwhile the rest of the fleet is trucking north and starting to dry out with blue skies and the sun shining. A stark difference from the conditions at the start of the race just hours earlier. 

Wired has taken an early lead and is ahead of Equilibrium on line. 

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Rum Bucket is currently at the top of the PHRF Leaderboard, with Akonga sitting pretty at the top of the shorthanded PHRF results. 

The Helly Hansen team were out for the start of the race to take in all the action that the conditions provided. 

After the withdrawals, there are now 12 yachts still vying for Three Kings Race victory. 

Each of the yachts competing in the 2024 Helly Hansen Three Kings Race is fitted with a YB Tracker so that supporters at home can follow the action as it unfolds. 

The tracker will provide valuable information including speed over ground, distance to go, and overall provisional results as the fleet finishes. 

Available on the race website , and directly from the YB Tracking app for iPhone and Android, the tracker will be one of the vital places for race information. 

Direct link to the tracker when viewing on a computer: https://yb.tl/3kings2024    

In addition to this, each yacht will provide position reports to Maritime Radio NZ at 0820 and 2020 for as long as they are racing. 

Updates will also be provided on the Helly Hansen Three Kings Race Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/threekingsrace/ ) and via the RNZYS Instagram page, and the race website – rnzys.org.nz/rnzys-events/three-kings-offshore-race   

Those competing in the race are encouraged to provide updates and will be eligible for a stack of prizes thanks to Helly Hansen. Sailors can tag @rnzys and @hellyhansenanz to be eligible for these prizes. Alternatively, sailors can provide their content directly to the social media race contact via WhatsApp number +6421892004. 

The major prize is a $12,000 OMEGA Seamaster timepiece which will be awarded to the top placed RNZYS boat on PHRF overall which will be presented at the official prize giving ceremony at 1900 hours on Friday the 3rd of May at RNZYS. 

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Superyacht racing returns to New Zealand

The new zealand millennium cup announces a number of new entries set to join the 2024 edition….

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One of the world's most iconic, and southern, superyacht sailing regattas is returning with new entrants in 2024. Brand new to the racing is 60 metre Perini Navi, Perseus^3, with race watchers excited to see her unique features - including the tallest carbon fibre mast built and extensive sail area - put to use on the Auckland race course.

“Perseus^3 was built to race specification and we’ve enjoyed building her reputation on the course across the world’s great superyacht regattas. With a race crew which has become known for its spirit and camaraderie, we’re looking forward to bringing Perseus^3 to New Zealand’s waters and letting her show her ability during the New Zealand Millennium Cup,” says Burger van der Walt, captain of Perseus^3.

It will join other early entries to the race including Royal Huisman’s Sassafras, the crew of which is competing after the regatta’s two-year hiatus.

“The team on Sassafras is excited at the prospect of racing in the New Zealand Millennium Cup after a two-year hiatus. The Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf offer a world-class sailing venue, with the backdrop of the City of Sails, home of the holder of the America’s Cup. We look forward to competing with visiting yachts and crews, to make the New Zealand Millennium Cup 2024 the best yet,” says Matt Lovett, captain of S/Y Sassafras.  

Joining the race for the first time will be a fleet of multihulls. With a resurgence of cruising activity in the South Pacific, and growing numbers of the superyacht fleet forecast to arrive in the next seasons, this multihull class is set to offer a new aspect to the regatta’s racing with strong interest from Kiwi owners.

The regatta will take place from 23 to 26 February 2024 and will be raced on Auckland’s waters for the first time since 2013. It will form part of 2024’s inaugural Moana Auckland Festival; a celebration of the integral role of the sea in Auckland’s cultural and economic life.

The entry form and notice of race are available online now at millenniumcup.com. The regatta is comprised of New Zealand Millennium Cup, Multihull, and Corinthian divisions, with the role of principal race officer filled by Harold Bennett.

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2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - New Zealand’s Everlasting Imprint

  • 24 Dec, 2023 09:01:00 AM

2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - New Zealand’s Everlasting Imprint

New Zealand's everlasting imprint on Sydney Hobart history.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is the crown jewel of Australian ocean racing, but New Zealand’s presence in the event has left a rich and everlasting imprint on its history. On Friday, race organisers, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, lauded the entry of 10 international yachts in this year’s fleet of 103 boats, including 18 two-handed entries. The 10 are from the United States, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Caledonia and New Zealand.

From New Zealand there are three boats in the fleet. They are: Caro , skippered by Max Klink, along with two two-handed entries, Michael and Tracey Carter’s Bruce Clarke 42, Allegresse and Marc Michel’s Dehler 30, OD Niksen . The Rolex Sydney Hobart has long attracted international sailors keen to test their skills against the unique challenges of the Tasman Sea, Bass Strait and the Derwent River. So far it has been won by International yachts on 13 occasions. Four of those can be attributed to New Zealanders, with the most recent international winner being Jim Delegat’s New Zealand boat Giacomo in 2016.

However, New Zealand’s history with the race dates back to its second of 77 editions in 1946. That year the Logan designed 52-footer Ilex , owned by Wellington businessman Norman Thomas since 1944, was the first New Zealand boat to race the Sydney Hobart. Ilex , launched in 1903, had a number of owners before Thomas. He retired from the race at Cape Raoul, the headland marking the entry to Storm Bay and Hobart.

Ilex sailed from Wellington to Sydney for the start and back to Wellington afterwards. Altogether the race and return trip took about 4,000 nautical miles. Since Ilex’s Sydney Hobart, many New Zealand boats have sailed the race in pursuit of the Tattersall Cup (awarded to the Overall winner) and the John H Illingworth Challenge Cup for Line Honours.

Hundreds of New Zealand sailors, professional and amateur, have also sailed in crews from various nations throughout the fleet each year. Michael Carter says, “Historically, the Sydney Hobart has been an important event for New Zealand sailors. From the 70’s to the 90’s quite a few boats made the trip there and back. There were even selection trials for the three-boat team to contest The Southern Cross Cup. There were feeder races and races home etc.”

Carter continued, “My personal connection with the race comes from when I lived in Melbourne and particularly when I sailed a few seasons with Bruce Taylor with whom I am sure you are very familiar. (Taylor will skipper Chutzpah in his 42nd Hobart this year). “There is a bit of folklore around our club (Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club) about the good old days when anyone and any boat could come over the ditch and take part. We’re trying to encourage others by showing that you don’t have to have a carbon fibre boat and black sails to do this race.”

Four New Zealand boats have won the Tattersall Cup: Chris Brouzaid’s Rainbow in 1967, Brin Wilson’s Pathfinder in 1971, the NZ Round the World Committee’s New Zealand , skippered by the famous Peter Blake in 1980 and Jim Delegat’s Giacomo in 2016. New Zealand boats have also won Line Honours seven times: J.V Davern’s Fidelis in 1966, Tom Clark’s Buccaneer in 1970, New Zealand in 1980 (when she took the line and overall double) and 1984, Grant Dalton’s NZ Endeavour in 1992 and Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo (90ft) in 2002 and (100ft) 2009.

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Congratulations to all the divisional winners of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023

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PHOTOS | Official Presentation of Tattersall Cup and Rolex Timepiece to the Overall Winner

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2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A Race for the Ages

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Emirates Team New Zealand win World Series in first clues for 36th America’s Cup

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  • December 19, 2020

Emirates Team New Zealand win the America’s Cup World Series, which concluded in Auckland this morning

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Can the Kiwis be beaten for the 36th America’s Cup? They must be on short odds already, three months out from the main event, given the dominant performance of Emirates Team New Zealand to win the Auckland America’s Cup World Series, which concluded this morning.

After 12 races, it came down to a final race decider between Challenger of Record Luna and the home Defenders for the PRADA America’s Cup World Series Auckland trophy. With Emirates Team New Zealand and American Magic on even points, a win against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli would give the Kiwis the point that they needed to take the trophy.

Going into this morning, both the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic and Emirates Team New Zealand had taken three wins apiece over the previous two days racing, with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli winning two of four, and INEOS Team UK trailing with four losses.

The opening race was yet another straight defeat for INEOS Team UK, who were left trailing by Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli and finished almost two legs behind. It’s been clear since the start of the America’s Cup World Series that INEOS Team UK are struggling for boat speed in light airs as well as foil control, and the British boat lost valuable ground by coming off the foils at several points during the race.

Today’s second contest was between Emirates Team New Zealand and American Magic. The dark blue American boat has looked to be the closest to Emirates Team New Zealand’s speed over the range of conditions we’ve seen so far, and rather than engage in a close pre-start duel this race started with a speed-off-the-line contest. Emirates Team New Zealand were at the pin end while American Magic were at the committee boat end, both boats at speed and on starboard.

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36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, Race Day 3: Emirates Team New Zealand v New York Yacht Club American Magic

When the pair came back together, after the Kiwis had tacked onto port, the Americans used the starboard tactical advantage to tack in front of Emirates Team New Zealand. Advantage American Magic. Eventually the Kiwis tacked away, unable and unwilling to live in the dirty air of the Americans, who were able to continue to work the right-hand side of the course handing them a slight further advantage, but the margin was still slim.

Meanwhile, Emirates Team New Zealand showed they are not invincible: mishandling a tack momentarily and splashing down off the foils, which helped to hand American Magic a few more metres. By the top gate on the first lap, American Magic led Emirates Team New Zealand by 12 seconds. But by the bottom mark Emirates Team New Zealand had hauled American Magic in to trail by just 3 seconds as they went through the leeward gate.

The big race changing moment came at the top of the second beat when the Americans came off their foils through a tack and parked up just short of the windward gate. The mistake proved costly, handing the lead to the Kiwis who rounded the windward mark 54 seconds ahead. The black boat held on to win by 1min 19 seconds.

In the day’s penultimate race, American Magic beat INEOS TEAM UK by a considerable margin of 5min 48 seconds. Although both teams picked up penalties – INEOS for being early into the start box, American Magic for slipping over the boundary, the delta between the two only expanded as the wind dropped, signing off what will be a very concerning ACWS for Ben Ainslie and the British crew.

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36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, Race Day 3: New York Yacht Club American Magic v Ineos Team UK

This left the final race as the decider – if the Kiwis beat the Italians they would win the first contest for the AC75s overall. One of the surprises of this World Series has been how much pre-start engagement we have already seen from the skippers in this experimental new class , and plenty of that has already featured Luna Rossa. “Jimmy Spithill has always, always, got his elbows out,” commentator and Olympian Shirley Robertson observed on the first day. This race was no exception: Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli showing their intent with a perfect port tack shortly after forcing Emirates Team New Zealand into the unfavoured corner of the start zone, nicknamed ‘coffin corner’ by the sailors. New Zealand’s Peter Burling could only follow the Italians over the line, who were already over 200m ahead.

By the first gate, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli were ahead by 32seconds, and when Emirates Team New Zealand pinched around the top mark only to come off their foils in the process that margin grew to 800m. But when Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli splashed down as well, the race became a match to see who could take-off and get back to full pace soonest.

Emirates Team New Zealand took flight first, doubling their speed over Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, 24 to 12 knots respectively. But the news for the Italians was about to get even worse as the Kiwis stayed with their breeze to sail at 29 knots, while Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli struggled to break 15. This has been a repeating pattern over the World Series – the New Zealand team is not immune to mistakes, but they have consistently seemed able to recover, and get back up to full foiling pace, faster than their competitors.

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36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, Race Day 3: Emirates Team New Zealand v Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team

The rest of the race was not flawless – again the Kiwis came off their foils during a slow tack, and around the last gate had just an 18 seconds lead. The pair split across the course, searching for uninterrupted speed rather than tactical gains, but when they came back together at the finish it was the Kiwis that had held their lead to finish 16 seconds ahead of the Italians and in doing so, Emirates Team New Zealand win the Prada America’s Cup World Series.

Emirates Team New Zealand’s foil controller Blair Tuke summed up after racing: “It was tough coming off the foils, so we were happy to get back up again, but a bit more happy when they came off foils! The wind got down to 6 knots at one point, so it was an awesome effort to get going by the lads and keep it going for the rest of the race – so all good.

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PRADA ACWS Auckland 202, Peter Burling holds the trophy as Emirates Team New Zealand wins the America’s Cup World Series

“It has been an epic day’s racing, American Magic and Luna Rossa are certainly going really well in these conditions – great to secure the win in front of a fantastic crowd out there.

“This is great for the team in general but there is plenty more work to do.”

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Skippers quotes:

Peter Burling, Helmsman – Emirates Team New Zealand:

“Today was at the bottom end of the wind range we agreed to sail on. We could really notice big gains and losses, which made it a tricky race. We had a pretty good race with Luna Rossa, even if we were seeing some pretty light numbers, so it made for a pretty tricky end of the race.

“We really enjoyed the challenge. We were blown away by how many kiwis showed up to see us here and seeing how many boats were around the racetrack.

Jimmy Spithill, Helmsman – Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team

“Today was a little bit patchy. At every start, the wind was at the correct speed to kick off the race, but there clearly were a couple of errors on the course, but the guys that did a better job of that won the race.

“Francesco and I get to discuss the [pres-start] strategy before the start. There is certain times where you are the helmsman and you make the decision, and the other guy is really doing the foil trimming, and every time you are the helmsman you have to make the decision. It’s been a fun process: it’s something completely new, never done before in the Cup, so it’s been really cool experience. Felt good to come off the line well both times”.

Dean Barker, Helmsman – New York American Magic “We were looking forward to having a good close race with Team NZ, it was nice to have a small advantage at the beginning, but when you drop off the foil it’s sort of game over. These boats are challenging at the bottom wind range”.

Sir Ben Ainslie, Skipper – INEOS Team UK “Tough day, particularly in lighter air we are struggling. There is certainly a lot for us to look at in terms of what went wrong. The other three teams are doing a much better job than we are, so we’ve got to figure that out pretty quickly. All boats stopped, some more than others”.

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After three years of design, innovation and build work Team New Zealand have launched Taihoro - the boat they will sail in their defence of the 37th America's Cup.

The AC75 was gifted the name Taihoro by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei at a ceremony in Auckland on Thursday.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust chairperson Marama Royal said the meaning behind the name was inspired from Taihoro-Nukurangi, and translates to "to move swiftly as the sea between both sky and earth".

"Taihoro-Nukurangi captures the dynamic essence of the sea (Tai), the concept of speed (Horo), the earth's movement (Nuku), and the expanse of the sky (Rangi)."

Taihoro symbolised the boat's evolutionary journey. It represented a transcendence of traditional boundaries, creating a connection between the sea and sky, she said.

The boat was christened by former New Zealand prime minister and Team New Zealand patron Helen Clark.

Emirates Team New Zealand’s new AC75 sailing on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf

Emirates Team New Zealand’s new AC75 sailing on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Photo: James Somerset

Team New Zealand's head of construction Geoff Senior had overseen the build of the boat which started over 10 months ago in the purpose-built Team New Zealand boat building yard with 45 boat builders working throughout, totalling over 85,000 hours to complete.

"This has been a hugely technical boat build for the construction team," Senior said.

"The design team have certainly pushed the envelope with the design of Taihoro which has tested our build team the whole way through. But we are so lucky to have such experience in our boat building team who are some of the best in the business.

"This is probably the 14th Emirates Team New Zealand boat that some of them have built. In saying this, at the other end of the spectrum, we are really proud to have also had 10 boat building apprentices in the ranks that have been training throughout the build also."

Taihoro was transported weeks ago to the Team New Zealand base under the cover of darkness and has since been subject to a comprehensive fit out by the technical hydraulic, mechatronic, electronic and shore crew teams custom fitting the thousands of components and systems ready to hand over to the sailing team to begin its commissioning and sea trials which have been undertaken on Auckland harbour over the past week .

Emirates Team New Zealand new AC75 is rolled out of the shed for the first time in preparation for commissioning.

Emirates Team New Zealand new AC75 is rolled out of the shed for the first time in preparation for commissioning. Photo: Hamish Hooper

Team New Zealand chief executive officer Grant Dalton said at the ceremony it was a proud occasion for everyone in the team.

"So much of what the team does has to be kept secret from friends and family for obvious reasons and the work involves a huge amount of dedication, commitment, and time. So, it is always special to share the result of that effort with them at our home base naming and presenting Taihoro in partnership with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei who again have given our boat a really special and meaningful identity.

"This is the boat which we will take to Barcelona to defend the Americas' Cup for New Zealand later this year and the name Taihoro helps us to carry our identity to Barcelona and to share our country's innovation and culture on the world stage."

Skipper Peter Burling has been at the helm as Taihoro has been commissioned over the past week having been rolled out of the shed on Friday.

"This is a really exciting time, as the different America's Cup teams have been rolling out of their sheds. Obviously there is a lot of interest in what each other's boats look like, but our 100 percent focus is on Taihoro and working through our ongoing development programme getting it up to speed.

"We don't have long sailing in Auckland before we start shipping up to Barcelona, so it is an intense but exciting time for the team."

The countdown was well and truly on to the start of racing in Barcelona on 22 August.

Team New Zealand's boat for the last campaign in Auckland, Te Rehutahi, signed off in October last year. The winning boat was used as a development tool for the 37th America's Cup testing programme.

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Emirates Team New Zealand Splashes Defense Yacht

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True to Emirates Team New Zealand’s to ethos of shunning fanfare, on the early afternoon of April 12, the team pulled their latest AC75 from its shed and got straight to work setting the rig, launching it and sailing it well into dusk. Just a typical workday for the America’s Cup defenders, but with the revelation of an atypical 75-footer that will soon be bound for Barcelona to join the fleet for the 37th America’s Cup and the Louis Vuitton Preliminary Regatta in August.

While painted in the similar scheme of its previous AC75, Te Rehutai, the outward design differences of Boat 3, are “very noticeable” reported AC recon on site for the launch. At first look, Boat 3’s bustle is far more pronounced and deeper than Te Rehutai, from bow to stern, and the dramatically curved hull shape appears to put volume further outboard to accommodate defined crew pods. Unlike the high cockpit wall of Alinghi Red Bull Racing’s first AC75, which was revealed this week, that of ETNZ’s Boat 3 is long and tapered toward to the transom scoop housing the complex and critical mainsheet traveler system.

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With four crew pods per side, the configuration of Emirates Team New Zealand has the cyclors positioned behind the driver and flight controllers/trimmers. The crews sit low in their pods, out of the airstream with only their helmeted heads exposed and the cyclor pods appear to be longer, allowing for the traditional head-down, hammer down posture of cyclists putting out their best wattage. Between the pods, Lidar posts jut outboard from sculpted fairings, indicating these will be permanent fixtures for three-dimensional shape scanning of either sails, structures, windspeed and direction or sea state.

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With a late start, the Boat was towed to its regular waters known as the Back Paddock where sails (or mainsail skins) were loaded onboard and raised. America’s Cup recon reported and video confirms that the boat had “a controlled speed build and takeoff,” with three tacks completed in approximately 10 minutes of sailing.

Back ashore, helmsman Peter Burling shared his thoughts on the team’s “pretty aggressive design.”

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“It was pretty incredible to be able to sheet on and just do a few foiling tacks straight off the off the bat,” Burling said. “It felt really good. It felt quite like we predicted it to, which is always nice.”

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Designed by emirates team new zealand, the speedy new ac40 is based on a previous winner of the auld mug., rachel cormack.

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Crafted from carbon composite, the 40-foot newcomer is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 50 knots and can be operated by four crew (two drivers and two trimmers). You don’t need to be an Olympic sailor to helm the AC40, either. The yacht is equipped with an automated control system to simplify flying. In addition, all the sail and foil controls are driven by battery-powered hydraulic systems. The yacht can also be unpacked and afloat in 48 hours, so you won’t need a big support team.

The AC40 will first be put through its paces at the 2024 Youth and Women’s America’s Cup in Barcelona, with 12 international teams committed to both events. The AC40 management group is eager to expand beyond that in the future, though. It wants private owners to compete in a new AC40 Grand Prix Circuit. It’s even setting up a Mediterranean training base where the AC40 fleet will be located. Here, seafarers will be able to hone their skills in an AC40 simulator and obtain an AC40 Class License before the race season kicks off.

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“The AC 40 Gran Prix circuit represents the first ever opportunity to sail and race a privately owned yacht designed by an America’s Cup winning team,” Luca Rizzotti, AC40 Class Manager, told Robb Report via email. “The AC 40 will bring exhilarating speeds with the peace of mind that the most advanced, automated flight control systems are helping you fly the yacht.”

This “dream” will cost you, of course. The AC40 is priced at a cool $2.85 million.

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Sailing: Emirates Team New Zealand officially launch new boat Taihoro for 2024 America's Cup defence

Emirates Team New Zealand's new AC75 is rolled out. Credits: Image - Emirates Team New Zealand, video - Newshub

Emirates Team New Zealand have officially launched their boat for this year's America's Cup, a brand new AC75 foiling monohull named Taihoro.  

The boat was blessed and named at a ceremony at the team's Auckland base on Thursday afternoon as Team NZ's secret weapon to regaining the America's Cup was revealed.    

After a 10-month long build, Team NZ skipper Peter Burling couldn't be happier with the vessel.

"All our tools have led us to this point so far, but we're under no illusions we've got a hard push from here right to the Cup to stay ahead of our competitors."   

The name Taihoro, given by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, was inspired by Taihoro-Nukurangi, and translates to 'move swiftly as the sea between both sky and earth'.  

"Taihoro-Nukurangi [Tai] being the marine space, [Horo] meaning to be fast, be swift, [Nuku] being the land, [Rangi] being the sky," said Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei's Kingi Makoare.

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Even after six campaigns, Team NZ designer Dan Bernasconi says it's hard to know how they'll compare on the water, with many teams yet to showcase their boat and foil designs.

"I think when you look at, the other competitor's boats you can sort of see they've gone through the same questions as we have and come out with slightly different answer," said Bernasconi.  

But he's cautiously optimistic.  

"I certainly hope it's the fastest."

Swiss team Alinghi were the first to launch their boat in early April while Luna Rossa revealed their Italian-inspired masterpiece on Tuesday as the race to be the best in Barcelona takes shape.    

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