America’s Cup Rialto: November 24 – the long day before the construction storm
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ November 24 13:16 UTC
November 25, 2020
American Magic – Patriot – Waitemata Harbor – November 24, 2020 – 36 America’s Cup © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
The two teams dared to step out today in the face of a forecast of an escalating breeze that is set to turn into a regulatory eastern whirlwind with the rain.
Te Rehutai of Emirates Team New Zealand was pushed out of the hangar at 06:30 and docked 90 minutes later. They set off for Hauraki Bay at first in a light breeze and drizzle until noon when the wind subsided and turned eastward, then began to build slowly. Conditions were miserable all day.
American Magic docked hours later and headed for Course E, The Paddock. The darkness usually associated with eastern thunderstorms lasted all day, and the Patriot was barely visible. They were the first to arrive in the late afternoon, sailing swiftly ahead of the ship’s 18-karat eastern section.
The Emirates Team New Zealand followed about 20 minutes later, sailing in a similar breeze, set sail across Hauraki Bay and circumnavigated the bottom of Waiheke (approximately 20 miles east of North Head) and back to Auckland. While the American Magic was cruising straight, Emirates Team New Zealand made a quick loop through the Rangitoto Channel before returning to base.
If there is a speed difference between the two boats under such conditions, we could not see it. An important aspect – as you can see in the photos – is the completely different sailing position of the two AC75s.
It was a tough day for the crews, especially for the kiwis spending nine hours a day on the water under quite extreme conditions.
The strong winds are expected to continue tomorrow.
The Eaststorm is usually seen in the bay and seaweed littered beaches, which could be a new test for AC75 frustrating.
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