sail-world.com -- America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ claims near 40kts in AC72 + Video
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ claims near 40kts in AC72 + Video
Thu, 30 Aug 2012
Emirates Team New Zealand are claiming that their AC72 launched in July, achieved speeds close to 40kts sailing yesterday on the Hauraki Gulf.
The speeds were achieved on just the fourth day of sailing in the 72ft catamaran which is the first of its type to be launched in the world. Wind speeds at the time were about 20kts. The AC72 returned to her base with no damage, and the test sail was deemed a big step forward for the team, by Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton, who was aboard the team's tender after returning from San Francisco.
Of the other teams with AC72's, Oracle Team USA fitted their wing but postponed a scheduled launch today, in San Francisco. Artemis Racing are commissioning their ASC72, which was unloaded in San Francisco last week, but the team broke their first wingsail while testing on an ORMA60 in Valencia. Luna Rossa are assembling their first, and only AC72 in Auckland with a launch expected in late September or October.
Festival of Sails
The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400 yachts and 4300 competitors annually taking part in the event. [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is an annual four-day event which attracts buyers and marine industry representatives from across Australia and around the globe. [More info]
Sydney Rigging Specialists
Sydney Rigging Specialists is a leading company in the supply of yacht rigging, cordage, marine fittings and accessories. We are based in Sydney and work from our specially fitted out rigging shop. [More info]