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New Zealand reveals latest America's Cup yacht

New Zealand reveals latest America's Cup yacht

Team New Zealand entered the last phase of its preparation for the 2007 America's Cup when its second new-generation yacht left its maker's yard for the syndicate's Auckland base this week.
The hull of NZL-92 was tightly wrapped in plastic as it was trucked across Auckland's Harbor Bridge to the Team New Zealand headquarters at the downtown Viaduct Basin. The world's newest America's Cup Class yacht will have its mast and keel, hydraulic and electronic systems and deck hardware fitted over the next two weeks before its official launch.
The boat is due to be shipped to the Cup venue of Valencia, Spain in late December to join its new-generation sister NZL-84 which raced successfully in warm-up regattas earlier this year.
"It is an important milestone for us because it is the beginning of the end of the story," Team New Zealand manager Grant Dalton said.
Dalton said NZL-84 and NZL-92 are the "weapons" with which New Zealand will attempt to recover the America's Cup _ lost to Switzerland's Alinghi syndicate in 2003 _ and if their designs were not competitive there was little that could now be done.
"You are starting to lay your cards on the table now," he said. "If you are wrong by much, you are pretty much stuffed. NZL84 and NZL92 are our best shot. I don't see any big changes to them between now and the cup."
NZL-84, launched last December, is a narrow, slab-sided yacht with a full bow, differing in many respects from its class contemporaries and a far cry from the broad-beamed yachts with which New Zealand attempted to defend the Cup with three years ago.
The yacht proved more than competitive in its first regattas, winning the 2006 season championship in which Team New Zealand was ranked top challenger.
"You wouldn't want to suddenly think you had a rocket ship on your hands. We haven't," Dalton said. "We have got a competitive boat that is sweet and doesn't seem to have any bad vices.
"NZL-92 is no more than proof that we are happy with NZL84 and we believe a development of NZL-84."


Updated : 2021-07-28 01:23 GMT+08:00