Team New Zealand’s second AC75 was unveiled by the Defender on Thursday. It will be used to defend the Cup in 100 days. Revolutionary, it was thought to be as efficient in water as in flight.
The America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand unveiled its second-generation AC75 this Thursday, November 19, which it will use to defend the Cup in 100 days. It will be called “Te Rehutai”: “which is the place where the essence of the ocean invigorates and energizes strength and determination”.
Emirates Team New Zealand COO Kevin Shoebridge explained how hard work has been put into getting Te Rehutai into the water. “We had our race boat launch date on the calendar for probably almost a year. So it’s really a huge achievement to lncer Te Rehutai today, given that we lost 5 weeks of construction time during the first COVID-19 lockdown. “
There is a lot to be said for the overall shape of Te Rehutai which underlines the obvious aerodynamic emphasis given to the design like the other new AC75s.
“We have confidence in our designs, our construction and our ideas. But we also have to be humble enough because we won’t get a full picture of the performance until March 6. So we’re going to push our development as hard as possible to make sure we get as much speed and performance as possible from Te Rehutai. “
Peter Burling will take the helm of the AC75: “Getting a new toy is always exciting, but we are already almost beyond the excitement stage, as the next 2 weeks are among the most crucial for the campaign in terms of further development and preparation for which the first races will take place. for the first time in a few weeks. The guys can’t wait to get back on the water. The designers and boat builders have done their job, now is the time for the sailing team to do ours. The pressure is certain, but this is where we are most comfortable, so we can’t wait to run. «