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America's Cup: A cruising, coaching sort of day for the AC45

'A mooring coaching session in full cry. It’s complicated? Mooring testing - with Paul Bieker explaining'    ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget ©    Click Here to view large photo

Sorting out a mooring, then checking up on the kids out training in the 470. Sounds like the sort of pre-Anniversary weekend preparation for many sailing families around the Auckland area. Particularly with the ISAF level 1 regatta, Sail Auckland starting next week off Takapuna.

After an experience which skipper James Spithill later described as his worst moment of the 33rd America's Cup - when he was called out at 0400hrs one mooring to find USA-17 charging at her mooring in the outer Darcena, in Valencia, in an overnight storm - getting a good mooring system sorted is a priority for the AC45.

If the boat can be left on a mooring with wingsail able to rotate, then much of the logistics associated with hauling the AC45's during the America's Cup World Series events will be unnecessary. Use of a mooring allows more sailing time and less handling - however the trick is to get the bioat to sit quietly at the mooring without sailing under wingsail.



Mooring - bow view - and yes it is supposed to be near submerged - 34th America’s Cup - AC45 sea trial n°5 -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=79666_©   Click Here to view large photo


And then it was off to check up on the kids' 470 training

Sneaking up on kiddo’s practice rounding mark - 34th America’s Cup - AC45 sea trial n°5 -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=79666_©   Click Here to view large photo


A great opportunity to give the kids a fright - AC45 -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=79666_©   Click Here to view large photo


Sneaking up on the kids - they haven’t seen us yet! 34th America’s Cup - AC45 sea trial n°5 -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=79666_©   Click Here to view large photo


Kids: 'Maybe they are going to toss us some food - the lunches are apparently very good.' -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=79666_©   Click Here to view large photo




The AC45 shows that it is the ideal, and probably most expensive way of adjusting a 470 leech. -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=79666_©   Click Here to view large photo


And then it is back to the serious stuff - AC45 sea trial -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=79666_©   Click Here to view large photo




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