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Images of the Waitemata: A day out on Alfa Romeo

'Alfa Romeo dwarfs and America’’s Cupper - Media Day 19 October 2009'    © Richard Gladwell

Earlier this week the media were treated to a couple of hours sailing aboard Alfa Romeo, Neville Crichton's champion supermaxi, which is widely expected to take line honours and the race record in the upcoming HSBC Coastal Classic, which will be contested by around 200 yachts.

We present an image gallery for the day, and will be running other stories on Alfa Romeo as she builds up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart. The offshore racing classic is shaping up to be the Supermaxi World Championship and Sailing's version of the Bledisloe Cup rolled into one, with five supermaxi's competing - Wild Oats, Skandia, ICAP Leopard, Maximus and Alfa Romeo.

Coming off the back of a win and race record in the Transpac Race, Alfa Romeo is in Auckland to both compete in the Coastal Classic and complete preparations for the Rolex Sydney Hobart, which included having Southern Spars?nid=62461 key professionals check over her new four spreader rig.

Nevilee Crichton chats with ONE Sport’s martin Tasker aboard Alfa Romeo - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461  


The canting keel mechanism is contained in a clear topped wetbox - Alfa Romeo - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461   Click Here to view large photo


Subdued lighting looking aft aboard Alfa Romeo - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461   Click Here to view large photo


Alfa Romeo is one of New Zealand’s top performed race yachts and is in Auckland to prepare for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Supermaxi Battle - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461  


Owner/skipper, Neville Crichton and Mark Hauser chat aboard Alfa Romeo - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461   Click Here to view large photo


The sheer size of Alfa Romeo can be gauged from this shot - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461  


Narrow beam is a feature of the Alfa Romeo design - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461  


Ilan Graetz of Southern Spars checks Alfa Romeo - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461   Click Here to view large photo


Southern Spars have provided the superbly engineered new rig for Alfa Romeo - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461   Click Here to view large photo


The new four spreader rig is a difficult shot - Alfa Romeo - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461   Click Here to view large photo


Helsman’s view - Alfa Romeo - Media Day 19 October 2009 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=62461   Click Here to view large photo




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