Spain. America’s Cup Emirates Team New Zealand wastes no time in buildup to May regatta Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 April 2006
Emirates Team New Zealand:


The pace is hotting up at Port America’s Cup, Valencia. Emirates Team New Zealand is not alone in wasting none of the time available between now and the start of the first race in the Louis Vuitton Act 10.

Around noon each day – that’s when the breeze starts to build – a procession of tenders followed by race boats under tow leave the dock for a long afternoon of testing on the race course.

Today is Good Friday and the team is at work. In a couple of hours the yachts will leave the dock for another afternoon on the water.

The team will take Saturday and Sunday off and it is back at it Monday. The team is planning to adjust to Spanish time – later starts in the morning and later finishes. The team’s day will start 90 minutes later and slip further into the evening’

Grant Dalton says the team is focused on its own preparation and has not been able to assess the progress – or lack of it – by the opposition since we packed up and headed to Auckland after the Trapani regatta.

“We have seen that Luna Rossa and BMW Oracle are working their new boats hard. I am impressed by the amount of work they are doing. I would be very surprised if they don’t decide to race their new boats in Act 10. If they race new boats it’s likely that we will too.”

“We have not seen Alinghi’s new boat because it’s still in the shed. I’m sure every syndicate will be interested to see its first appearance on the water.”

A major focus for the team is to boost “venue knowledge” – coming to grips with the subtleties of the wind, currents and other factors that can have a vital bearing on the outcome of a race. We are behind the other syndicates in this area – but that was a conscious trade-off against the benefits of spending the last two northern hemisphere winters in Auckland.”

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