sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : America's Cup: Big crowd sees first AC72 christened in Auckland +Video
America's Cup: Big crowd sees first AC72 christened in Auckland +Video

'Emirates Team New Zealand naming ceremony for ’New Zealand’, the team’s first AC72.'    Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup AC72 catamaran was officially named at a ceremony Saturday evening at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland in front of a crowd of several thousand cheering fans.

On a cool winter’s evening at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, the crowd numbered well over 6,000 gathered all around the Viaduct.

Emirates Team NZ's skipper Dean Barker's wife Mandy - an international hockey player who was a mainstay of the New Zealand team for many years - triggered the catapult which dropped a bottle of New Zealand wine, spraying the bow of the 72ft wingsailed catamaran.

Simultaneously, flames natural gas lines around the yacht and fireworks lit the sky as 18 months of work by the design and build teams moved from design/build to operational sailing mode.

Emirates Team New Zealand naming ceremony for ’New Zealand’, the team’s first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  
Mandy Barker named the cat 'New Zealand' – continuing a long line of America's Cup Challengers that have carried the name. Usually a more colloquial name is later chosen for the boat.

For the New Zealand marine industry, built largely on the back of the shop-window provided by America's Cup campaigns, the launch was a significant milestone - as the first country to launch one of the new AC72 catamarans.

Team managing director Grant Dalton said the night could not have happened with the support of the Government and sponsors who backed the team with such enthusiasm.

'New Zealanders should be proud that their team attracts the support of these major international companies,' Dalton said.

'The same can be said for the international designers, engineers and analysts who augmented our design team.

Emirates Team New Zealand naming ceremony for ’New Zealand’, the team’s first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  
'We are proud of what we have achieved so far, working in a tin shed in Auckland.

'We carry the New Zealand flag sponsors’ brands proudly and pledge that the mission of every member of this team is to bring the America’s Cup back to New Zealand.'

As the countdown to the big moment got underway Prime Minster John Key, Auckland Mayor Len Brown and sponsor representatives were led to the yacht by a Maori warrior.

With the yacht in the background, 1000 people pulled on a hemp rope to 'load' the catapult which smashed the champagne bottle and sprayed the boat.

It was a proud moment for the team, and New Zealand, signalling the beginning of the next stage of preparations for the 2013 America’s Cup.

The Black Cat is expected to start sailing next week, weather permitting.



New Zealanders crowd to watch the naming ceremony for Emirates Team New Zealand first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  

Ngati Whatua blessing at the naming ceremony for Emirates Team New Zealand first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  

NZ prime minister John Key speaks at the naming ceremony for Emirates Team New Zealand first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  

Mandy barker Christenes New Zealand. Emirates Team New Zealand naming ceremony for ’New Zealand’, the team’s first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  

Emirates Team New Zealand naming ceremony for ’New Zealand’, the team’s first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  

New Zealanders help in the naming ceremony for Emirates Team New Zealand first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  

New Zealanders crowd to watch the naming ceremony for Emirates Team New Zealand first AC72. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ  


by Sail-World

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=99965

8:32 AM Sat 21 Jul 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup

Related News Stories:

22 Jul 2012  America's Cup: AC72 deck and working layout revealed on video
21 Jul 2012  America's Cup: Images from the Viaduct Harbour launching ceremony
21 Jul 2012  America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand catamaran ready to fly
21 Jul 2012  America's Cup: Images from the naming of Emirates Team NZ's AC72
20 Jul 2012  America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC72 by night at the Viaduct Harbour
20 Jul 2012  America's Cup: World's first AC72 to be launched by catapult
19 Jul 2012  America's Cup: Take a walk around Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 - Video
19 Jul 2012  America's Cup: Change of course for Defender raises new issues
18 Jul 2012  America's Cup: A Harbour of two Halves - Emirates TNZ's AC72 revealed
18 Jul 2012  America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC72 unveiled - a world first
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

America's Cup: de Ridder penalty should be tempered *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ


















2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
















America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design by Kimball Livingston - Blue Planet Times, San Francisco, USA
















Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   
Rolex China Sea Race on the horizon   
What can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm?   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 10 rumbles on   
SAP 5O5 World Championship - Kiel action starts August 13th   
Volvo Ocean Race - It's a family Affair   
Clipper Round the World Race - Great Britain claims line honours   
50th Anniversary Congressional Cup - Stage two   
America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape hometown action in AC45 rules ruckus *Feature   
America's Cup: Italians confirm Minoprio as Match race tactician   
J-Fest gets much needed charge   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - All set for Naples action   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Spectacular conditions on day 1   
Clipper Round the World Race - Bitter blow as OneDLL is disqualified   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 10 still anyone's for the taking   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US