Game Writing, 27 December (EFE). – The Emirates team has already returned to New Zealand for training in the waters of Auckland (New Zealand) to prepare for the final of the 36th US Cup, after a short break on Christmas day. Beginning March 2021.
While three challenging teams, Luna Rossa Prada, American Magic and INEOS Team UK, prepare for the Prada Cup, the tournament which will take on defender Team New Zealand and which will be played from 15 to 22 January. In February 2021, the ‘Kiwi’ team will train for eleven weeks alone to defend the Auld Mug (America’s Cup trophy or 40 guinea jar, the world’s oldest sports trophy).
After wins in the World Series and the Christmas Cup, New Zealand players are now busy hiding the full potential of their second AC75, ‘Te Rahutai’ (Sea Breeze), after success in those two competitions.
‘Te Rahutai’ showed itself to be a fast ship and, more importantly, faster than its rivals. All Kiwis are “one step ahead”, he admitted.
But it is more than that. Different from their rivals in many features, Team New Zealand designers have claimed to have delivered a third generation boat when their opponents launched the second generation in this new AC75 class.
On the 17th, Team New Zealand shocked the world by opening the World Series with a 3’13 win over Luna Rossa Prada and set the highest speed record with 49.1 knots (91 km / h). .
From there it was revealed that Team New Zealand’s chief designer, Dan Bernasconi, ordered the navigation team to hit the brakes slightly and let the monitoring department focus more on the design and development of their rivals. The goal was to gather as much information from rivals as they could get from their AC75.
The truth is that the true speed capability of ‘Te Rahutai’ is still strictly protected in the Team New Zealand data bank.
Another point for New Zealand’s rivals to study is the futuristic shape of ‘Te Rehutai’ and its ability to efficiently rise above the water. The minimal surface of the ‘foils’ (ailerons) is a key to the New Zealand boat, a factor that Team New Zealand had already dominated in the last edition of the 2017 America’s Cup.
During the World Series victory two weeks ago, it was already seen that ‘Te Rahutai’ produced noticeably different froths than its rivals. An expensive example is that their ‘T’ and Falls had less surface area than the ‘Y’ end of American Magic, Luna Rossa and the INOS Team UK.
This is an incredibly technical area, but smaller ‘feel’ is faster to move and produce less water resistance. They are more difficult to control, requiring more coordination with the sail system, but with stronger winds that control leads to a winning combination.
Finally, a wide air range of 6.5 to 23 knots (12 to 44 km / h) should be imately feel-fast that would be allowed for the America’s Cup final regatta. This will be the case, as the two teams that make the finals will only be able to choose a set of ‘Feels’ for the best-to-13 series.
New Zealand team captain Peter Burling is already in the eye of the storm for his rivals because when you have a fast AC 75 as AC Tehutai, the opponent always targets pre-start wings to get an early advantage for them will do. In particular, he commanded the AC75 alongside rivals such as Jimmy Spithill, Sir Ben Ainslie and Dean Barker.
The pre-start of the World Series resulted in a number of penalties and Burling became erratic. Now they must be trained to get off to a good start and will spend a lot of time rehearsing their pre-start plays in the Burling simulator. EFE