The new Zealand team Emirates Team NZ held a three-hour training session on your boat Te Aihe in difficult winter conditions.
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Early morning crew out on the water with mainsail and jib. However, almost immediately, cut the sails, returned to base. The re-release was 90 minutes later.
The distance between rangitoto island and Browns island, winds averaged 18 knots, peaking to 23 knots. Such conditions are close to the upper limit for racing in the finals Prada Cup Finals and America’s Cup Match, and higher than for the Prada Cup in the qualifying stages.
When he reached the Waitemata (the Hauraki Gulf) team was faced with a strong cold South-East wind and overcast sky with low clouds and pouring rain. Added a picture of the steep chop – the boat several times quite noticeably fought on water, raising clouds of spray.
Realizing that the conditions are too complicated for boat class AC75, the team went into the Strait between the Islands of Motuihe and Browns, and then headed to the more sheltered water on the leeward side of the island Browns.
It seems that now the team will be able to draw some conclusions about the behavior of the boat in severe weather conditions. And not only them.
In addition to Richard Gladwell from Sail World, who shared these pictures, almost all the time for the exercise monitored by representatives of the opposing teams Luna Rossa and American Magic.
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