Impressive action on Waitemata

Emirates Team New Zealand took to the Waitemata Harbour for an early training session ahead of an adverse weather forecast of strong winds and heavy rain.

It is just the second day of sailing since a mandatory five-week COVID-19 lockdown, which has cost the team dearly on an already tight design, testing and construction. The team’s AC75 Te Aihe has also gone on a four-month walkabout between New Zealand and Europe after two planned America’s Cup World Series Regattas were cancelled triggered by the advance of COVID19.

The session was impressive – sailing in an onshore breeze close to the top end of the allowed 23kts for the America’s Cup.