With racing for the America’s Cup teams to begin April 2020, the curtains are now pulled on what the new breed of AC75 yacht will look like with recent launches by the kiwi defender and an American challenger. Here are updates from September 11:
Running already: American Magic (above) has quietly launched their boat and found confidence yesterday to let her rip on Narragansett Bay, becoming the first team to go for a sail and lift their AC75 clear of the water.
Walk before run: Team New Zealand had their new America’s Cup boat out on the water on today, testing rigging and sail systems. After its launch five days earlier, the kiwis had to endure inclement weather before able today to raise the rig and sails and begin the de-bugging process. While a building breeze brought the boat back early to the base, the forecasted winds for later this week are more moderate to possibly allow the team to see how their steed sails.
• INEOS Team UK (GBR): Reports are that additional dredging is needed around their base to activate their AC75.
• Luna Rossa (ITA): This team has never been too chatty and they aren’t now about their status.
• Stars & Stripes Team USA (USA): This team was hugely chatty when they got underway but have been strangely quiet ever since. If they don’t make some noise soon their only accomplishment will have been to help fund the defender through entry and design fees.