America’s Cup Rialto: August 3 – American Magic puts in solid day on the water

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/NZ 3 Aug 04:24 UTC 3 August 2020 American Magic – Waitemata Harbour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 3, 2020 © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com Tweet

America’s Cup Rialto is a new series for the 36th America’s Cup, and will publish each day an Americas’s Cup boat sails – with images of the day. Usually there will be a morning report (NZT) based on when the boats have passed North Head – when there is usually the best photo opportunity.

Auckland turned on a bleak day with a cold SE wind and drizzling rain for those who yearn for an English Summer.

American Magic looked to have setted into a routine – in the water by 0900hrs, Dock out at 1030hrs and back four or five hours later.

The wind direction is a bit unusual for Auckland, and is one more associated with a good gale which does a lot of damage. Defiant sailed straight down the harbour, past Bean Rock and headed straight for Motuihe Island at the eastern end of the Waitemata Harbour/Hauraki Gulf. She tacked and headed behind Browns Island into the area favoured by Emirates Team New Zealand in the build up for the last America’s Cup, known as “The Paddock”.

It is not too long a drive to get to Eastern Beach to watch a training session in this area, but the misty conditions worked against this option.

Auckland’s weather being what it is the morning murk gave way to blue skies and sunshine with a breeze that looked to be in the 12-14kts range.

We caught Defiant toward the end of the training session when she stopped at North Head, made some changes and then did a final beat to Browns Island.

There wasn’t the same degree of effort to get foiling that we saw last week, but there was still a pushing of water to get to foiling speed, however once there Defiant popped quickly onto her foils and stayed in level trim. Lift-off took maybe a couple of seconds at the most – similar to ETNZ’s Te Aihe. The transition to foiling also happens much more readily when the AC75 is on a tight reach.

NZL-60, the 2000 America’s Cup champion made a surprise appearance outside the Emirates Team New Zealand base early this morning.

She has been completely refurbished and will be on public display, in her current location. She joins Team New Zealand’s other two America’s Cup winners – ETNZ’s AC50 and 2017 Americas Cup winner is secured to the wall of ETNZ’s base. NZL-32, the 1995 America’s Cup Champion is on permanent display a couple of hundred metres away in the National Maritime Museum.

Light winds in the 5-8kts range are forecast for tomorrow, and similarly for Wednesday, before the breeze kicks in on Thursday.

A point of interest will be whether either team trains in the light air, and also if ETNZ sticks with using their test boat Te Kahu, or we are treated to the sight of two AC75’s sailing on the same stretch of water.


American Magic – Waitemata Harbour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 3, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Harbour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 3, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Harbour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 3, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Harbour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 3, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Harbour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 3, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
American Magic – Waitemata Harbour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – August 3, 2020 – photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com


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