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Sail-World NZ e-magazine: September 21 2019 - AC75's go sailing, MOD70 aims at Coastal Classic

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz 21 Sep 2019 16:51 PDT 22 September 2019
Emirates Team New Zealand under tow - chasing the wind- September 19, 2019. © Richard Gladwell

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The week was notable for Emirates Team New Zealand, at last, getting a weather window sufficient to sail their AC75 Te Aihe and begin the slow process of working up what is effectively the prototype boat - doing in full size what three other teams have chosen to do in half size or less.

Although Te Aihe was the first AC75 to launch, New York Yacht Club's American Magic was the first to sail and get foiling, after some basic sea trials and checks on the preceding days. The Kiwis took three days to get sailing and foiling. In the end, who foiled first was determined by who got the earliest suitable weather window.

So far the America's Cup champions have ventured outside the America's Cup Harbour four times in the now two weeks since Te Aihe was launched.

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