The New Zealand Team America’s new boat has been widely acclaimed for its radical design change and early performance.
Defenders had Te Rehutai in the water 18 hours after launch in Auckland and raised their eyebrows as the fleet of four boats for the 36th edition of the Cup has already been completed.
In Italy, where Luna Rossa, the contender for the record, came from, Kiwi was amazed by the big design step and the recognition that the crew returned to action without hindrance after five weeks out of the water.
Do It described the New Zealand team’s debut sail as a “demonstration of kiwi strength and control” “immediately on the first voyage”, noting “maneuverability” and “ability to accelerate”.
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Website of Italian yachts Saily felt that the New Zealand team had undergone a “radical evolution”, and Te Rehutai was called a “visionary design” that brought the “mysterious class of the America’s Cup” to its maximum.
They expected a more refined design of the first boat, Te Aihe, but the Emirates New Zealand team delivered a “bomb of extremes” instead.
In a country where style matters no less than the essence, Do It went so far as to make an early prediction for the March American Cup match.
“I have to say that, at least from an aesthetic point of view, the 36th final of the America’s Cup seems to have already been written … Luna Ross vs. Te Rehutai … the most beautiful AC75 you can see.”
International yachting website Sailing world felt that the first sail of the New Zealand team was “impressive”, and they “threw a gauntlet” to the contenders.
“The radical body design quickly turned out to be out of the ordinary, alleviating the fear of many Kiwi Cup fans that the defenders of the champions went one step too far this time,” and were particularly impressed by the effort in the air as the Cup racing set moves with only 6.5 knots. .
“It would seem that the New Zealand team of designers may have made a breakthrough in the performance of a two-layer main sail. The engine above generates considerable power, ”he suggested Sailing world.
“Berling and his crew don’t miss a single hit all day and it seems like they could take part in the Christmas Cup race if they set sail tomorrow.
“Their results are a noticeable difference from the first sail of other teams, which is interrupted by frequent stops during changes. ETNZ breaks seem to be more for resting / switching grinders than for ongoing repairs. “
British website Sailing ship was also caught unawares by the aggressive design onslaught of the defenders and wondered what that really meant.
They believed that a radical change in Kiwi’s design was a recognition of their rivals.
“Although they tried to convince everyone that they had a fast boat from the first effort, mainly based on their tangible advantage in developing the new AC75 rule, now it seems they have decided at a fairly early stage (three months). that in the end, the opposition didn’t look so bad.
“But it was still pretty amazing to see how radically ETNZ changed its basic design ideas … if their first efforts were so fast!”