by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/NZ 27 Jul 05:32 UTC 27 July 2020 American Magic – Waitemata Habour – Auckland – America’s Cup 36 – July 27, © Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com / nz Tweet
The New York Yacht Club’s America’s Cup team, American Magic became the first Challenger to sail on the Waitemata Harbour, putting in an almost six hour session.
After leaving the dock at 10.40am, Defiant’s crew had to cool their heels waiting for the breeze to build and were rewarded with an 8kt SE breeze – enough for Defiant to get foiling in the Waitemata Harbour.
Soon after rounding North Head, the blue hulled scow got foiling again, but had the misfortune to break a jib halyard requiring a time-out while the crew rigged a new halyard.
With that issue resolved, Defiant made a run down the Rangitoto Channel, past the Rangitoto lighthouse and headed out into the Hauraki Gulf, for a serious sailing session with a #1 headsail, before returning and setting a smaller #2 jib.
Other than the halyard issue, Defiant turned an impressive performance given that the team hadn’t sailed for five months.
The AC75 looked to be very stable in flight, without any splashdowns in the light steady breeze. Defiant looked to get onto her foils quite easily, in what were recorded as 8-10kts from the Northern Leading weather station.
Update to follow later this evening with more images and video.