America’s Cup Rialto: August 10 – And then there were two – Defiant and Te Aihe sailing on the Gulf

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/NZ 10 Aug 00:48 UTC 8 August 2020 Emirates Team New Zealand’s Te Aihe crosses American Magic’s Defiant – August 10, 2020 © Emirates Team New Zealand Tweet

Two America’s Cup teams were out sailing on the Hauraki Gulf today – for the first time both had their AC75’s afloat, and no doubt looking for some sort of informal hookup.

Emirates Team NZ were first to launch today, hitting the water in the near dark at 07.30am, before leaving the dock at 9.00am and headed for Rangitoto Beacon at the entrance to the inner Hauraki Gulf to set up with mainsail and Code Zero, and their #1 jib.

After a brief test sail, Te Aihe headed out deep into the Hauraki Gulf sailing on foils into what was showing as a 11kt northerly breeze – a lot more than was on offer in the inner harbour – where glassy calms abounded.

American Magic launched Defiant at 9.00am and was off the dock by 10.30am, under tow and without any sails hoisted until they too reached Rangitoto light.

They missed any unplanned rendezvous with the America’s Cup Defender by a good margin, and rigged at the same point as the Kiwis and hoisted what looked to be a similar sail combination. Before taking off to the north briefly before turning east to get into the same patch of breeze as the Kiwis who were foiling quite happily, albeit near lost in the cloudy murk in the area.

The forecast for the Waitemata Harbour today is for winds of a westerly direction of around 8-10kts. It only swung to that direction about 11.00, with American Magic just catching the change nicely. By 12.30pm the breeze had spread across the Gulf embracing the two AC75’s in an 11-13kt NW breeze – ideal test conditions.


American Magic’s Defiant with Emirates Team NZ’s Te Aihe sailing in the background – August 10, 2020 – Hauraki Gulf – 36th America’s Cup – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
Te Aihe – AC75 – Emirates Team New Zealand – August 10, 2020, Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Habour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 10, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Habour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 10, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Habour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 10, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Habour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 10, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Habour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 10, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com




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