As a Kiwi sailor and being part of Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland, I am a TRUE BLACK supporter of the announcement that Team New Zealand , backed by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron , New Zealand challenges for 35th America’s Cup.
The Kiwi syndicate, became the first team to officially announce their challenge .
Scuttlebutt in the yachting circles says that Italian team Luna Rossa and Artemis submitted their entries before Emirates Team New Zealand, but have yet to officially announce their challenge. Others who have signaled they’ll be throwing their hat in the ring are Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) and a French challenge led by Franck Cammas, bringing the suggested total of challengers for the 2017 event to five . But scuttlebutt also says that this is all supposition because some believe that the funding for these challengers it’s not guaranteed.
After the withdrawal of the Challenger of Record ( Australia) last month, Oracle have been desperately trying to salvage the public relations fiasco surrounding the race. It is expected that the role of (COR ) will go to the first challenger to submit their entry, rumored to be Luna Rossa.
Supposedly we are also led to believe that the Italian team led the way in rallying their fellow intended challengers to issue a joint accord statement to reiterate their support for the event following Team Australia’s withdrawal . (I note Team New Zealand’s non participation in this accord.)
After last years racing and our demoralizing defeat to the enemy( Oracle ) , I am still a firm believer that we have the technological skill and the sailors to take this piece of silver from the Americans .
I like sailing. Although with involvement at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast and pushing Supercare4u.com around the streets of Auckland, I don’t get to see too much of it these days.
This is why I have become the ultimate armchair warrior with respect to the Team New Zealand challenge to the Americas Cup in San Francisco next year.
I think the development that Team New Zealand have done is superior to the Oracle camp and I firmly believe that we have a good chance of lifting the cup again. I HOPE
You can find more info on the Team New Zealand Blog.
This latest photo shows the advance that the KIWIS have made. Not only do we fly….we also walk on water….
This is the Team New Zealand AC72.
At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast I remember the fever that existed in Auckland when New Zealand held the Americas Cup.’Which is why you will now see me writing about Team New Zealand and this amazing boat called AC72. Bring on the Fever…….
This design is what we will challenge In for the Americas Cup next year.
Baring any major disaster (sic. oracle pitch pole last week) this team is now in a serious dominant position over Oracle-Team America.
Team New Zealand have this boat finning. This is where both hulls are out of the water and riding on hydrofoil fins attached to drop down dagger boards. The drag reduction of the hulls is minimised and speed increases.