News about Emirates Team New Zealand, the most successful professional sailing team in the world, competing in the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Extreme Sailing Series and America's Cup World Series
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ damage wingsail in launch drama
By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand ,
11:49 AM Tue 19 Mar 2013
Emirates Team New Zealand have damaged their wingsail, in a launching incident, early this afternoon, NZT.
The incident occurred as the wingsail was being lifted into place prior to the AC72 platform being taken from the hangar and placed underneath the wing, before rigging is secured. ...
America's Cup: Confessions of a Wingman
12:35 PM Sat 16 Mar 2013
Glenn Ashby (AUS) describes his job as wing trimmer on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 as a bit like driving a truck.
The multiple A-Cat world champion, Olympic Silver medalist, and former Tornado cat world champion, is talking a really big truck with a 32-speed gearbox as it traveling up and down a series of hills and turns. ...
America's Cup: Leaning on the weatherman to get it right
8:51 PM Tue 12 Mar 2013
Even more so than previous America's Cups, the AC72 sailing and support crews are even more dependent on the weather predictions.
In this clip from the Emirates Team NZ media unit, tactician Ray Davies talks about how times have changed the weather – and how they make use if the weather data painstakingly gathered by meteorologist Roger Badham ...
America's Cup: Spy vs Spy - Serious, or straight from the comic books?
By Rod Davis writing for etnzblog.com,
12:11 PM Wed 27 Feb 2013
Surveillance is part of America’s Cup life. Everyone does it. Coach Rod Davis muses on what can be learned – and the rules that regulate it.
At times the America’s Cup seems just like Mad Magazine’s Spy vs Spy. One team keeping tabs on another and a game of, not so much dirty tricks, but pranks played both by and against the spy. ...
America's Cup: On board Emirates Team NZ's new AC72
10:16 PM Tue 26 Feb 2013
Chris Cameron, Emirates Team NZ's photographer takes us on board the team's new AC72 as she works up against Luna Rossa, doing some race training in the Hauraki Gulf, ahead of leaving for San Francisco for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup in July ...
America's Cup: How to run an AC72 crew that is four short
By Emirates Team NZ,
8:40 AM Fri 22 Feb 2013
Emirates Team NZ explain how they have had to change the crew roles around to cope with the reduced crew numb ers allowed on the AC72 catamarans.
Gone are the old positions of navigator, tactician and a couple of others to do backstays. Now it is just the skipper and a part-time tactician/navigator/grinder/sheet hand. ...
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - The finer points of foiling
10:38 PM Wed 20 Feb 2013
One of the big design thrusts with the second generation AC72 by Emirates Team NZ has been to reduce drag, and improve performance, or taking the brakes off, if you will.
In this series of images from Emirates Team NZ photographer, Chris Cameron, we can maybe get a handle on how far the team has managed to get down the lowered drag path. ...
America's Cup : Emirates Team NZ's AC72 - NZL5 goes down the mine?
By Chris Cameron,
9:52 PM Wed 20 Feb 2013
Emirates Team New Zealand are just a few days into testing their new AC72 - and certainly seem to be putting the 72ft foiling catamaran cat through her paces. Whether this trip down the mine was deliberate or not , is a matter of conjecture, but in the remainder of the images there doesn't seem to be too many issues aside from flying spray. ...