02/16/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/15/2017 23:18
'When we sat down to think about the overall design of this boat three years ago the benefits of cycling opposed to regular grinding were obvious, but certainly not without issues and difficulty with functionality, and this is what we have been working incredibly hard on overcoming for the past three years.'
Bernasconi continues: 'Winning the next America's Cup is all about maintaining a stable flight on the entire race course and that's the reason why this boat contains some of the most innovative and powerful technology ever used in this competition in its systems, electronics, hydraulics and foil designs.'
The emphasis of the campaign now moves from inside the confines of the boat shed to the open water of the Hauraki Gulf, led by Skipper and Sailing Team Director Glenn Ashby.
'It's been a challenge to get to this point, and the first sailing has been a very special moment for the entire team.' said Ashby. 'The next few months of sailing and development with our race boat will be some of the most important in this America's Cup. We'll do a month of intensive testing here in Auckland then we will suspend the test programme and move to Bermuda where we will resume our training until racing starts, on May 26th.'
'In the 30-year history of Emirates Team New Zealand it has always been at the forefront of international sailing. From its beginning with Plastic Fantastic in 1987 to the introduction of foils in San Francisco the team has always reshaped the America's Cup and the boat we are christening today is introducing revolutionary concepts once again.' concluded Grant Dalton.
'I wish to thank the Sponsors and the official suppliers that have believed once again in our challenge, but I also want to congratulate all the team, and in particular shore and design teams, who have worked relentlessly for months, allowing us to comply with the deadlines we had set.'
The AC Class catamaran in numbers:
2332-2432 kg: boat weight
60 metres: optical fibres
49,2 feet: hull length
25 meters: height of wing above water over 46 knots: top speed
6: crew members
87.5 kg: average crew weight
90: Emirates Team New Zealand's members
The 35th America's Cup Schedule
The 35th America's Cup will be held in Bermuda in 2017. The event will consist of a Challengers selection series, divided into Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers & Challenger Playoffs (27th May - 13th June 2017), and the America's Cup Match (18-19th & 25-28th June) where the winner of the selection series will face the Defender Oracle Team USA.*
* The dates are based on New Zealand Time. The Race Schedule it's available here