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America's Cup: Te Aihe heads for first test in Europe

by Sail-World.com/nz 16 Feb 21:27 PST 17 February 2020
Emirates Team New Zealand - AC75 - Te Aihe - December 11, 2019, Waitemata Harbour © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com

Emirates Team New Zealand's AC75 Te Aihe has set off on her two month voyage to Europe and two America's Cup World Series at Cagliari (Sardinia) in late April and Portsmouth in early June.

The AC75 stopped sailing in Auckland in mid-January, and was exported to Cagliari out of the Port of Tauranga.

In Cagliari she will come up against three of the Challengers, and after practice racing they will sail the ACWS in a classic Match Race format. In the first three days of racing the teams will compete in a double round robin, in which four races will be held per day.

On the last day, the top two finishers on the board will compete in the final races in which the first to reach 2 points will win.

The other two teams will race in a single play-off event that will decide third and fourth places. Each race will last approximately 20 minutes.

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