Sailing-Winds of change for America's Cup in Bermuda Triangle

by Jared Lewis June 25, 2017, 0:59
Sailing-Winds of change for America's Cup in Bermuda Triangle

“It was a big hurdle when they actually put the test bikes in the race boat, ” he said. Crucially, they may have been able to make refinements to their boat's setup, in particular to the daggerboard and rudder, which could result in significant speed gains.

The boats are not allowed to have engines, so Team New Zealand's pedaling powers the hydraulic systems used to maneuver the wingsail and the daggerboards, or retractable centerboards, that are tipped with hydrofoils.

But in the second race there were no such errors and Spithill, who was wearing a bandage on his wrist after injuring it during a hard week's training, got away at the start.

Land Rover BAR team principal and skipper Sir Ben Ainslie said: "We could not be prouder of the Land Rover BAR Academy winning the Red Bull Youth America's Cup". It started with a negative point because Oracle Team USA, owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, won the qualifiers.

"There's direct impact, people coming to the island to visit to watch the America's Cup, or longer term, people coming with the megayacht programme - there's about 100 megayachts - for longer durations to watch the cup".

Peter Burling steered Emirates Team New Zealand to another runaway victory against Jimmy Spithill and two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA in Race 3 of the America's Cup on Sunday to remain undefeated in the showdown on the Great Sound.

The underfunded but always crafty Kiwis, the hard-luck losers in the 2013 Americas Cup, began secretly working on the cycling system three years ago in Auckland.

"The Bermuda government has spent up to $77 million securing the rights to host and stage the 35th America's Cup", said Radio New Zealand, "and many locals believe the money would have been better spent on social infrastructure such as schools".

It just wasn't the Hollywood ending the NZL Sailing Team had been hoping for.

Oracle came back and won Race 6 by 11 seconds, the closest margin so far.

Spithill said Oracle was going back out on the water later Saturday to practice.

"We had success promoting Neil Hunter from junior to senior team and we can only look forward to more talented young sailors moving up and forward in their sailing careers with us". But on the other side, that's pretty exciting that there's quite a bit more left on the table.

But 26-year-old New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling believes the challengers can make strides before Saturday as well as they try to bring the Cup - the world's oldest global sporting trophy - to New Zealand for a third time after Black Magic's triumphs in 1995 ad 2000.

In the finale of the 2017 youth event, the New Zealand crew needed to finish three places above the British in the last race to retain the trophy.

Schedule: The dates of the Match extend from June 17 to 25, though will end earlier when a team scores 7 points.


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