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Steady gains for Team NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/09/2016

Team NZ is using the boat for making key decisions when it comes to their actual America's Cup race yacht, which will be launched in early 2017 for the America's Cup in Bermuda. © Elsa/Getty Images Team NZ is using the boat for making key decisions when it comes to their actual America's Cup race yacht, which will be launched in early 2017 for the America's Cup in Bermuda. Team New Zealand have made steady progress in developing their first in-house designed and built AC45 test boat for the America's Cup, skipper Glenn Ashby says.

Testing has been relentless in wet, cold and windy winter conditions on the Hauraki Gulf, but Ashby says the gains made on the water have been encouraging.

The speed and capabilities of the new breed of foiling America's Cup boats have quickly become obvious, he added.

"Boat speed wise, the AC50s will be faster than what we were sailing in San Francisco on the AC72s."

Team NZ is using the boat for making key decisions when it comes to their actual America's Cup race yacht, which will be launched in early 2017 for the America's Cup in Bermuda.

The lessons and developments learnt on the water account for incremental gains in boat speed, which will contribute to the final design of the America's Cup boat to be raced in Bermuda.

"The ultimate goal is to keep the hull dry around the track, so the testing phase we are in the moment is trying to come up with systems and techniques of how we actually get the boats around the track," Ashby said.

"The training here is relentless, but the quest to win the America's Cup is what it is all about and for us it's about developing a fast boat.

"The next few months is absolutely key to the programme."

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