Useless Journey Te Aihe
After a long trip, Te Aihe, an AC75 class boat built by the current owners of the America's Cup, the Emirates Team New Zealand, returned to New Zealand.
There would be no particular news in this comeback if the coronovirus had not played a trick on Te Aihe. The story is like that.
The yacht set sail on February 2. Moreover, in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, she was loaded onto a cargo ship, not one, but in a company with 16 containers of necessary equipment, devices and spare parts, as well as speed boats, all that the New Zealand team could need during two stages of America's cup world series in Cagliari (Italy) and Portsmouth (UK).
The trouble was that while the cargo reached Europe, both regattas were canceled in turn – because of the pandemic. I had to, without unpacking the containers, return to the other end of the Earth. To Taurangu.
As a result, Te Aihe visited 15 ports, she and the rest of the cargo were loaded onto other vessels three times. And only today in the early morning – almost 4 months later! – This long and completely useless journey is over. The AC75 was delivered to the Emirates Team New Zealand base in Auckland.
Well, all is well that ends well. The other day, Te Aihe, finally, will be launched.
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