sail-world.com -- America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ unveil second AC72 in Auckland + Video
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ unveil second AC72 in Auckland + Video
Mon, 4 Feb 2013
Emirates Team New Zealand christened their second AC72 in Auckland, this morning, in a simple ceremony including a Maori blessing of the waka, or canoe.
Strong winds prevented the official launch of the AC72, but she is expected to sail in Thursday.
As expected there was nothing radical about the boat, in terms of a departure from the base design developed for the teams first AC72, launched last July.
Rather the focus is on refinement in terms of drag reduction and efficiency in working systems. Team Managing Director, Grant Dalton told Sail-World that the bow and stern sections had been changed, but otherwise the objective was to reduce drag.
This is evidenced by a lot more fairing on key parts, including the under-platform structure which now features an Oracle style pod, but within that the same Y-truss system for load distribution has been used, as it was on the original boat.
Foils fitted today are smaller in width, again similar to those trialled by Oracle, and aimed at reducing drag upwind, while providing the required stable flight downwind, when foiling.
The drag reduction features abound on the new design from rather neat dagger-board posts which contain the leading edge of the dagger-board, and a larger area of solid deck around the wingsail. The purpose of the deck is to lower the tendency of the previous fairing to produce lift, and to reduce the drag from the trampoline netting aft.
Sail-World will feature interviews with team boss, Grant Dalton, CEO Kevin Shoebridge, skipper Dean Barker, and Technical Director, Nick Holroyd.
Burke Marine, suppliers of international quality marine clothing and equipment, was founded by Martin Burke on the shores of Sydney Harbour in 1971. Visit our website for your nearest stockist. [More info]
Ensign Ship Brokers
Ensign Ship Brokers was established in 1980 and has spent the last 28 years expanding our marine knowledge and developing our reputation! We strive to provide the very best service! [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]
Hamilton Island Luxury Accommodation
Full range of private apartments, villas and houses on Hamilton Island. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 bedroom options available. All include buggy and island airport or marina transfers. [More info]
Multihull Solutions is Australia and New Zealand’s premier offshore and cruising catamaran and trimaran specialist, offering sales and servicing of the world’s finest multihull brands.
Navionics is proud of its superb cartographic database comprising more than 25,000 charts and port plans; the largest privately owned database of its kind, the only one using full seamless technology [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]
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week
Entries for the fourth annual Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week have opened! 4 days of racing, 5 days of fun – that is what you can look forward to from 3-7 September at Magnetic Island. [More info]
For over 35 years, Ullman Sails has been devoted to helping our customers reach their sailing goals - we provide the highest quality sails and service to make it happen. [More info]
Vicsail Sydney Pty Ltd, launched into the Australian sailing fraternity in 1983 and has been sailing strong ever since. At Vicsail, “We Sail the Boats We Sell”. [More info]