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America's Cup: AC75 Te Aihe fits in another mid-winter training session

by Richard Gladwell Sail-World NZ 13 Jul 22:32 PDT 14 July 2020
Te Aihe - AC75 - Emirates Team New Zealand - July 13, 2020 - Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com

Emirates Team New Zealand made the most of a two day weather window to get a couple of good training sessions on the Waitemata Harbour on Sunday and Monday.

The weather is forecast to revert to a more usual winter pattern for the rest of the week - rain and strong winds.

For Monday's session Te Aihe towed out past the Auckland cityscape, with her Code Zero on the bowsprit. It is quite impressive the way the AC75 will tow at 15kts plus, with all sails set and high on its foils - no more so than yesterday morning with the Code Zero hoisted and sheeted and just backwinding.

The wind increased later in the day with the Kiwis spending a lot of time in the Browns Island area which is a reserve racing area - Course D.

They packed it in around 3.30pm to be back at the base by 4.00pm - it gets dark just after 5.00pm in Auckland - so the light in some of these images is quite variable.

Images shot once again from the spectator vantage point from North Head and in the morning from Devonport Wharf to get the changing cityscapes.

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