31 August 2013

Go Team NZ!

As I'm sure everyone knows (except probably my mom), Emirates Team NZ won the Louis Vuitton Cup which determines who the challenger will be in the America's Cup against Oracle Team USA. This year, they are racing on these crazy new AC72 wing sail catamarans which go insanely fast and literally fly on top of the water. Team NZ built their boat in New Zealand (along with the Italian Team Luna Rossa) and they did trials and practice races in the Hauraki Gulf all last summer so we were lucky enough to see them out on the water a number of times. They literally scared the crap out of me (well not literally, that would be disgusting) flying across the water and at times I thought we might crash into them. But these guys are pretty good sailors (well great sailors actually) and I'm pretty sure they could have steered their massive catamaran out of the way of our tiny boat if it came down to it.

Here are a couple of pictures we caught of them out racing last summer. They are from a distance as I was too scared to let Scott get our boat too close to them. That's Motutapu Island behind them.

Here are some close ups in the Viaduct. The last three are of Luna Rossa.

The America's Cup kicks off soon - go Team NZ! 

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