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Images of the Waitemata: Sail NZ's America's Cupper experience

'Sail NZ America’s Cuppers are located in Auckland’’s Downtown Viaduct Harbour area'    © Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

The sight of two America's Cup class yachts sailing seven days a week have become a familair sight for many of those who live around the edge of the Waitemata Harbour, in Auckland , New Zealand.

Sail-World joined the guest crew last weekend for a match racing session in light airs on the Waitemata.

Two or three options are available - you can either have a two hour sail in the the America's Cuppers, or join an informal match race running for one or two laps depending in the conditions, or there is a full on corporate match racing and team building experience.

On our match racing sail there were 15 guest crew on each of NZL-40 and NZL-41 plus five regular crew on each.

Ages ranged from early teens to an 87 year old, of some 75 years sailing experience, now confined to a wheelchair.

It was a great day out - for more see

Two modified America’s Cuppers are used - one French from 1995 and the other Japanese from the same era. The beam of the yachts is slightly different from the current models! -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=55338   Click Here to view large photo

Three of the guests get to work in the sewer during spinnaker drops. -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=55338   Click Here to view large photo

Young and old get the chance to sail and America’s Cupper -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=55338   Click Here to view large photo

15 guest crew and five regular crew sail on each yacht in the match racing -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=55338   Click Here to view large photo

Robert Milne from Ohakune gets a shot on the handlebars of an America’s Cupper -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=55338   Click Here to view large photo

Guest crew get to do their time on the grinders on Sail NZ -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=55338   Click Here to view large photo

Two of the guest crew had a great day on the water despite being past their early sailing days before World War II in mullet boats. -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=55338   Click Here to view large photo

by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com


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