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Cup Spy Mar 20: Emirates Team NZ roll out modified AC75

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World NZ 20 Mar 2023 03:20 PDT 20 March 2023
America's Cup Recon Emirates Team New Zealand AC75 Day 1 © Adam Mustill / America's Cup

Emirates Team NZ - AC75 - Day 1 - Auckland - March 20, 2022

From the AC37 Joint Recon Team [Alastair Moore AC-Recon]:

The rig was lifted into position at 10.00 but after an hour of trying to pull the forestay down to its chain plate/ram,the rig was lifted off again and rolled into the main shed where I saw the top strops on the cap stays being adjusted. After this tuning the rig was lifted again into position at 13.10, by 13.55 all the stays were set and the rigging crew got off the boat to prepare to launch.

Te Rehutai was in the water in the pen at 14.10. I now saw the team slowly go through some tests of the rig rotation and main sheet traveler using four cyclists to power the system.

After these tests I saw, one at a time, the foil cant system cycled through its positions. With a very happy looking team the boat was lifted out and back in her cradle by 17.15. It was cool to see the big boat in the water with up to 18 people onboard all focused on their own areas but working as a team.

This commentary was written and compiled from video, still images and statistical content extracted from the AC37 Joint Recon program and other material available to Sail-World NZ including photo files, and other on the water coverage from the 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2021 America's Cups.

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