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One year to go to the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

A year from today, anybody following the America’s Cup closely will be tuning in with one question in mind: “Who’s got it right?” It’s a universal truth in America’s Cup competition, a question that’s been asked since the original match in 1851.

There is an inescapable, unavoidable, nerve-racking moment in every Cup, the moment when years of planning, scheming, designing, building, and training lay behind you, and the day finally arrives, the day when all that’s left to do is go out and race, to find out whether you got it right.

The experience will either be bitter, or sweet, depending on how well you and the 100-plus people in your team have fared sweating the small stuff, trying to out-think and out-fox your opposition. It’s not uncommon for four years to go by between AC contests, but a team’s worst fears can be realised within moments of coming off the start-line for the first time in the AC Match, meaning a long summer lies ahead if you’re found wanting.

“It’s a unique moment in every America’s Cup, part of the event’s DNA,” says Emirates Team New Zealand boss, Grant Dalton. “The moment when sailors, designers, fans, commentators – everybody really – get the answer to the same question, at exactly the same time, when the Challenger meets the Defender on the start line for the very first finals race, The boats come off the line, foot flat, and we all get a first, good look at whether one has an edge over the other. A classic America’s Cup moment.”

Few sports deliver such a potentially delicious, yet terrifying cocktail of pressure and intrigue, and this time, it’s all by design, a rare phase in Cup history in which a new class rolls out of the shed.

“When we developed the class rule, we really wanted it to be quite open,” says Emirates Team New Zealand’s Head of Design, Dan Bernasconi, who helped dream up the radical AC75. “We wanted to allow space for innovation and space for different teams to design different hull shapes, different ways of controlling the sails, different foils and rudders. So designers have a much bigger area in which to play. And so as engineers, we love that, it’s great. And when each team launched their first boats, we saw exactly that, but we’ll find out who’s got it right.”

Get it right, that’s one hell of a confidence booster for any Cup outfit going into the biggest race of their lives.

“The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of sailing, really, so to be in that position to be racing for the Cup, that’s an incredible opportunity,” says INEOS Team UK skipper, Sir Ben Ainslie. “There’s always a lot of pressure but if you enjoy that kind of thing then there’s no better platform in the sport of sailing.”

It’s a moment when you discover precisely where you stand as a competitor, whether the hundreds of thousands of small, yet big, decisions over the preceding two, three, even four years of design and build have amounted to a boat that’s capable of beating the opposition.

“You’re definitely aware of the enormity of it, and we also quite enjoy the pressure that comes with it,” adds Emirates Team New Zealand helm, Peter Burling. “In our sport there are lots of different things that bring pressure and add to the occasion and that’s all part of the fun of what we do.

“When it actually comes to the first race it’s your first chance to really see how things have shaped up over the four years of development and I think that’s one of the really exciting aspects of the America’s Cup, when so many things come together at the end. It’s four years of hard work for, in our case, over a hundred people so it’s a pretty amazing challenge.”

The warning signal of the America’s Cup, like any warning signal of any race, is a moment of tension,” adds Francesco Bruni, of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, the Italian Challenger of Record. “You have to keep yourself focused on the important things and try to think only about the race and nothing else to perform at the best, and it’s going to be a great feeling to be on the start-line in Auckland, one year from now, something I’m really looking forward to.”

For the teams, today, 12-months out from that moment, time’s disappearing fast as all four outfits race to lock in final designs for boat two, at the same time making the most of every single moment remaining to prepare their boat and themselves for one of the rarest opportunities in sport.

“How we approach our racing is that whether we’re sailing around Pensacola Bay by ourselves, or racing day one of the match, each day should feel the same,” says NYYC American Magic team head, Terry Hutchinson, a veteran campaigner who experienced this moment for himself back in Valencia, Spain, in 2007.

“I’ll be making sure I give the relevant information to Dean, Paul and Andrew about the best strategy for the race and I’ll be in the position that I need to be in to execute on the day.”

But all the teams will get the chance to test their mettle at the first America’s Cup World Series regatta in Cagliari, Sardegna, April 23-26. It’s another rare AC milestone, the first time that the new AC75 class yachts will meet to race. There, we’ll all get a first glimpse of who’s getting it right, or getting it wrong, a crucial opportunity for the teams to get the measure of one another out where it matters, on the water.

Cagliari, followed by Portsmouth (June 4-7) then Auckland (December 17-20), will be equally nerve-racking, given the teams will already be largely committed and building their 2021 boat, but who knows what each has in store for one another come next summer in the southern hemisphere. That’s all work in progress.

But what of the boat itself, what can we expect from it, the AC75, making its debut?

“This boat’s a real beast. It’s the best way to put it,” says Emirates Team New Zealand crew, Blair Tuke. “It’s a step on aerodynamically to the AC50 from Bermuda, a very powerful boat, more than what we’ve raced before and that leads to some pretty fast speeds, especially upwind. But, where we’re at right now is by no means where all the teams are going to be at next year. It’s going to be a different push on to go to that next level.”

The day is coming when there is no holding back, no reining in, a day when everything will be on show, because every win, and every point, is vital. That day – March 6, 2021 –  is a year from today.

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One year until the gun

The clock continues to relentlessly count down to 4pm on the 6th of March 2021- the start of race 1 of the 36th America’s Cup Presented by Prada.

It marks the first official race of the ‘Defence’ of the Auld Mug for the holder of the America’s Cup. It is the first occasion that the trophy is officially on the line since it was won in Bermuda in 2017.

However, for Emirates Team New Zealand they are taking the view that it’s not about defending the Cup, it is about simply winning it, much the same as all of the Challengers are trying to do.

To read on and watch video footage from Emirates Team New Zealand recap the past 18 months click here.

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Would you like foils with that?

McDonald’s joins Emirates Team New Zealand as Official Family Partner.

McDonald’s New Zealand celebrated joining Emirates Team New Zealand for the 36th America’s Cup as “the Official Family Partner”. The announcement was celebrated at McDonald’s Feilding with a visit from local hero and team grinder Simon van Velthooven, along with the America’s Cup trophy itself.

It was a proud occasion for van Velthooven to have the oldest trophy in international sport in his home town.

“It’s pretty cool to be here today and see all of the locals turn up to see the America’s Cup in Feilding. There are a few familiar faces that’s for sure, but really this is a great example of why the team are partnering with McDonald’s, because it brings so many families together, and gives us an opportunity for us to connect with regular Kiwis throughout the country.”

McDonald’s Feilding franchisee Dan Pitchforth was not surprised that word quickly got around that the America’s Cup was in town, “It really is a spectacular trophy, and to think where it has been and the history it embodies, and now it is in Feilding. You can see the look of amazement on the faces of all of our customers today. I am really proud Macca’s is backing Emirates Team New Zealand and having Simon and the trophy here today is a great example of the role we can play in the defence of the America’s Cup.”

Since winning the America’s Cup in 2017, Emirates Team New Zealand has been very clear in making sure the America’s Cup is not just an ‘Auckland’ event and realises that not everyone in the country will be able to come to Auckland to watch the event in person in 2021. So, it has been a priority to take the team and event to the regions on top of the free-to-air television and streaming across the country.

“When we first met with Grant we quickly saw the benefit both parties could bring to each other,” said Jo Mitchell, McDonald’s Director of Marketing. “As the Official Family Partner to Emirates Team New Zealand, we see that our primary role is to help get families around the country behind the team. Our franchisees around the country are excited to be part of the team, and the biggest sporting event in New Zealand for the next few years.”

McDonald’s sees around 1.6 million people every week and have 10,000 staff at 170 restaurants across New Zealand.

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton is proud to welcome McDonald’s to the team.

“It is fair to say that I have been more than a casual ‘shopper’ at McDonald’s over the years, so it was great to have recently had a group of franchisees come into the base. They were really genuine New Zealanders, who were just so excited about the role they will all play in bringing the team and the America’s Cup to their local communities.”

McDonald’s famous ‘Golden Arches’ will feature on the mainsail of the AC75 race yacht to be seen for the first time when ‘Te Aihe’ next sails at the first America’s Cup World Series event in Cagliari, Sardinia in April.

 

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Match conditions confirmed for the America’s Cup match and dates announced for Prada Cup.

Following a successful mediation, the America’s Cup Defender and Challenger of Record have come to an agreement on the Match Conditions for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

The two sides came to a consensus after engaging in an official mediation process run by the America’s Cup Arbitration panel chairman David Tillett (AUS).

As part of the agreement, the wind range for racing in the America’s Cup Match will be 6.5 to 23 knots.

The agreed racing schedule for the America’s Cup Match has two races per day planned for March 6,7,10, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Additional reserve days have been scheduled but the intention is to complete the event on the weekend of March 13/14, weather permitting. Racing is planned from 4pm onwards each race day. The winner of the America’s Cup Match will be the first team to score seven points.

The parties also agreed on certain conditions in respect of the Prada Cup due to be issued by June 30 2020. The racing will consist of four Round Robin sessions over January 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, followed by a repêchage round over January 29, 30, 31, and February 2, with the first-to-seven-points Prada Cup Final taking place over February 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22.

The following wind range for racing has been agreed:

Round Robins and Repêchage:           6.5 to 21 knots

Prada Cup Final:                                    6.5 to 23 knots.

In addition the parties also confirmed Course Location Guidelines for the Race Director when selecting the Auckland racecourse locations for all the Auckland events including the Match for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

To view the Settlement Memorandum click here.

The first competitive action of the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada will be in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 – 26 at the first of three ACWS regattas taking place during 2020. Further ACWS events will be held in Portsmouth, England on June 4 – 7, and in Auckland, New Zealand in December 17 – 20.

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One year on: maxon supports Emirates Team New Zealand.

It’s been one year since maxon jumped onboard as an Official Supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand.

maxon are proud to have been working closely with Emirates Team New Zealand’s design and engineering team for more than one year providing advice on integrated drive solutions. Looking back a lot has happened in this short time. The team led the way in innovation, designing the system that all the teams use to raise and lower the foils, and pushed the boundaries of technology to build the new concept AC75 yacht using only simulation and not prototypes for testing. With work underway on the second AC75, Emirates Team New Zealand’s spirit for continuous improvement and blue-sky thinking aligns with maxon’s passion and motivation to excel in technology. maxon was excited to see Te Aihe gliding over the water on a recent test run. The AC75 is constantly pushing the boundaries of technology with the use of maxon DC motors and drive systems.

maxon Group Australian Managing Director Brett Motum said “our DC motors are perfectly suited for wherever extreme precision and the highest quality standards are necessary and where compromises cannot be tolerated. The motors selected have high power density and they are configured to operate under intense conditions”. The America’s Cup AC75 Class Rule allows the use of electric motors to operate hydraulic valves, drive clutches, rudders and foils. Teams may also use motors for driving simulator platforms and numerous test jigs.

Te Aihe is currently en-route to Cagliari, Sardinia, for the first America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) event in April where all the AC75s will race against each other for the first time. In the absence of Te Aihe the team finally revealed their test boat which was about a year behind the other teams. This was a strategic and considered decision. The reveal of Te Kāhu at this late stage in the campaign allowed development alongside the first AC75 to wholesomely contribute in the construction of the next AC75. Te Kāhu allows the sailors to continue training in a model that as close as possible mirrors the first AC75. You’ve heard slow and steady wins the race. Now watch this space.

ACWS | Cagliari, Sardinia | April 2020.

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Emirates Team New Zealand reveal Te Kāhu.

Emirates Team New Zealand revealed their new custom designed and built test boat Te Kāhu today in Auckland.

Te Kāhu meaning ‘The Hawk’ was rolled out of the shed on Wednesday and was christened by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Te Kāhu fits within the rules on test yachts according to the 36th America’s Cup Protocol which says they must not exceed 12 metres length overall (LOA), and will be used by the team to continue design development for a large proportion of 2020 while their AC75 ‘Te Aihe’ is being shipped and raced offshore for the America’s Cup World Series events in Cagliari, Sardinia (April 23-26) and Portsmouth (June 4-7).

“We are really excited about launching Te Kāhu today. There has been a lot of work gone into the design and build of this boat internally, which is amazing really as it has all taken place between the design and build of our first AC75 and the ongoing work on our next AC75 race boat.” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

To outside spectators it likely seems that Emirates Team New Zealand are a bit late to the party with the launch of their test boat, considering the Challengers test boats started hitting the water all the way back in September 2018, to which Dalton explains:

“It might seem like the launch of our test boat is a bit overdue, but early in any campaign decisions have to be made that ultimately will only be judged at the end.

As a team, we decided that a test boat was indeed a really key necessity but believed it needed to have as much design input as our first AC75 to give it meaningful ongoing development possibilities.”

“There is no doubt looking back that the Challengers all learnt some valuable lessons and got a bit of a jump on us with their developments. But it was a conscious decision of ours to suck that up and play the long game knowing that points don’t start to count until the first race of the America’s Cup, which obviously is in March 2021.” continued Dalton.

While Te Aihe is being shipped 60 days either way to and from Europe, by launching Te Kāhu now, Emirates Team New Zealand plan to continue their on-water development programme uninterrupted.

“We know from experience that the development and gains that take place in the year before the America’s Cup are vitally important,” explained Head of Design, Dan Bernasconi. “We couldn’t afford to only be sailing on the water for the handful of weeks we will get on Te Aihe around the ACWS events between now and its return to New Zealand.”

Emirates Team New Zealand are now in the process of packing up and preparing Te Aihe for shipping to Cagliari in preparation for the first ACWS event in April which is the next time the AC75 will be sailed, and the first time it will line up to race against the other AC75’s.

Dalton directly concluded: “In Te Kāhu we have a very legitimate test boat which will provide us the platform to hopefully make some significant gains in our developments for 2021. Who is right in their overall plans and strategy we have no idea. I guess we will find out next year.”

About the name:

‘Te Kāhu’ was named by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei translated as ‘The Hawk’

The hawk majestically glides and soars at high speeds in the wind. It has great vision and foresight and stealthily swoops in on its prey.

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Clarification of next steps for the Wind Limits / Match Conditions Dispute with the Challengers.

Principally due to a disagreement over Wind Limits for racing in Auckland, the Match Conditions were unable to be agreed with the Challenger of Record by the due date of 20 December 2019.

As required by the Protocol, the issue has now been referred to the Arbitration Panel for mediation between the Defender and Challenger of Record. A successful mediation will require agreement between the Parties but if unsuccessful then the Protocol requires the Arbitration Panel to make a decision on the issues of disagreement by 20 March 2020.

By way of background, the America’s Cup Deed of Gift requires racing rules and conditions to be agreed by mutual consent between the Defender and Challenger but with the modern day America’s Cup involving multi challengers this is modified by the Protocol under which all teams enter. Under the AC 36 Protocol, the Challenger of Record has the responsibility to represent all Challengers and that responsibility involves consulting with other Challengers before taking a position with the Defender on issues such as race conditions.

The Defender does not deal with the other Challengers direct on such issues but works on the basis that the Challenger of Record is presenting the collective position of the Challengers when undertaking such negotiations, not just the view of its own sailing team, Luna Rossa. In fact, in the various negotiations Emirates Team New Zealand has had with the Challenger of Record there have been many practical examples where the COR has made specific reference to the views of the other Challengers when taking a particular stance.

Emirates Team New Zealand was therefore very surprised to learn that the current stance of the Challenger of Record in relation to wind limits does not reflect the collective position of all Challengers. The Defender’s position on the Wind Limits is what is needed to ensure a quality event in Auckland for the benefit of the New Zealand public, international visitors and the world audience.

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Emirates brings the America’s Cup world series to Portsmouth.

Emirates is pleased to announce its appointment as official ‘Presenting Partner’ of the Emirates America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) event in Portsmouth, taking place in June 2020.

As Official Presenting Partner of the ACWS Portsmouth, Emirates has helped secure the event during which world-class America’s Cup sailors will return to the Solent for a thrilling preliminary regatta from 4 to 7 June 2020 as part of the competition to win the oldest sporting trophy in the world.

The 2020 America’s Cup World Series will see all participating teams race their AC75 America’s Cup class yachts. The first ACWS event will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 to 26 2020, the second in Portsmouth, then concluding in Auckland as part of the Christmas Race from December 17-20. The ACWS is then followed by the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series which will determine which foreign yacht club will take on the Defender of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand, in the 36th America’s Cup Match presented by Prada from 6 to 21 March 2021 in Auckland.

“Emirates is proud to expand its commitment to the United Kingdom, which we service with over 130 weekly flights, by bringing world-class sailing boats to the shores of the UK and giving Portsmouth City the chance to host and show its visitors the most sensational event in the sailing calendar. The America’s Cup has grown to become one of the world’s greatest major sporting events and we look forward to use this great platform to share and grow the passion for sailing as a sport and bring communities together,” said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates airline.

Having raced at the two previous ACWS events in Portsmouth, Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton said, “Portsmouth was a fanatically supportive city for the ACWS in 2015 and 2016, so we are looking forward to getting back there. The difference this time is the racing will be in the new AC75’s which will be a spectacle like nothing seen before on the Solent.

With the dates now also confirmed for the ACWS to climax in Auckland between 17-20 December next year, as part of the Christmas Race, we are now really set up for an intriguing year in 2020 as the run in to the main event in 2021.”

Councillor Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Portsmouth Culture and City Development, said: “We’re delighted that Portsmouth will be part of the prestigious Emirates America’s Cup World Series yacht racing again in June next year. America’s Cup events attract a world-wide audience and we’re looking forward to the city’s waterfront being centre stage for this esteemed international sailing event. The event is also significant for raising the profile of Portsmouth and its marine and maritime businesses across the globe.

Portsmouth is home to INEOS TEAM UK, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, and I am sure fans will show huge support to the British team when they race in front of their home crowd on the Solent in their quest to challenge for the 36th America’s Cup. When Portsmouth hosted the events in 2015 and 2016, 250,000 spectators enjoyed the spectacle, the events delivered £15.6m in media value and £38.7m in economic benefit.”

Sir Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper, Ineos Team UK commented: “We are really looking forward to competing in front of our home crowd again. The 2015 and 2016 America’s Cup World Series events in Portsmouth saw an estimated 250,000 fans line the Southsea waterfront. It’s so great that Portsmouth has been chosen as only one of two locations outside of New Zealand where people can watch the AC75 foiling monohulls in action. We are confident the racing will deliver a true spectacle.”

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Youth America’s Cup announced.

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A reinvigorated Youth America’s Cup regatta is announced today which will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F, in 2020 and 2021.

The Youth America’s Cup is a joint initiative between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), the China Sports Industry Group (CSIG), and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).  The multi-leg event will begin with a fleet racing seeding event in China in November 2020 and then a match racing event in Auckland from February 18th – 23rd 2021 with the finals held between March 8th – 12th 2021 right outside the RNZYS in the shadow of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

In line with the original America’s Cup Deed of Gift it is designed to be a ‘friendly competition between yacht clubs of all nations’.  Unlike previous editions, multiple entries from various countries will be allowed.

The age restriction for the crews is they must be between 18-24 years of age.  To encourage diversity at this high level the teams will consist of a mixed crew of four sailors on each boat, including two females and two male sailors with a maximum crew weight of 311kgs.

“The Youth America’s Cup is something we have been eager to see established since we won the America’s Cup and also introduced foiling monohulls to the America’s Cup with the AC75. The Squadron has presented a concept that we believe will add something special to the 36th America’s Cup.” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

“Through the partnership between RNZYS, CSIG, and ourselves, it is really exciting to now be able to see it become a reality.”

“Probably the most important aspect of this is that through the establishment of the Youth America’s Cup event, in conjunction with the exciting AC9F boat, a pathway or vital stepping stone for the best young guys and girls from around the world has been created to progress one step closer to sailing on an AC75 in the future.  It is hard to go past the evidence of our current team that is now made up of a number of crew members from the winning 2013 Youth AC team.”

The AC9F is a nine-metre foiling monohull which has been designed by New Zealand boat building company Yachting Developments (YDL) with valuable input from the Emirates Team New Zealand design team, Southern Spars, North Sails and significant support from the wider New Zealand Marine Industry highlighting the industries commitment to innovation.  The fleet of one-design boats will be built primarily at YDL in Auckland.

RNZYS Commodore and Yachting Developments owner Ian Cook says the yachts are designed to be extremely exciting to watch and will provide a great challenge for the skilled youth sailors on board – “We are incredibly happy with the design of the AC9F. We believe they will generate great competition and an even playing field for all the teams involved, whilst also leading from the front in terms of modern yacht design, and importantly, creating a great product for fans around the world to observe.”

“We are very excited to introduce the Youth America’s Cup into China.” Wang Weidong, Chairman of China Sports Industry Group said. “The America’s Cup has been the holy grail of the sport of sailing for over 160 years, and is a stage that all athletes dream of. China is set to participate in the America’s Cup, but has to recognise the patient process of achievement. From an overall perspective, it is vital we pay more attention to fostering the next generation of top-level racers, developing them from the more basic level. China has a plethora of athletes with the potential along with the required diligence and learning skills, but lacking experience at global professional competitions. We hope that Youth America’s Cup will be the first step for these young Chinese talents to take as they strive to catch up with their leading peers in the world.

“Cross-sector collaborations are vital to develop the advanced design and manufacturing technology that are behind the monohull foiling yacht used in the Youth America’s Cup. In the meantime, the manoeuvres and performance of athletes require enormous data support. Its value chain includes not only the management of the race, team or club, but also naval architects and marine engineers, and other behind-the-scenes offices of law, media, meteorology, internet so the vibrant growth of an industry should be all-encompassing, as one department would thrive with another. We hope the Youth America’s Cup becomes a unique opportunity to encourage more Chinese to try and practice in this sport and inspire them to initiate the evolution of the Chinese sailing industry.”

The RNZYS celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2021 and Vice Commodore Aaron Young says they really wanted to bring an event to the table that will create a superb legacy for the Squadrons’ 150th celebrations and for the future of youth sailing.

“We are extremely proud to present the Youth America’s Cup in 2021. We believe the format and boat that we have created encourages diversity and leaves an insurmountable legacy for our 150th year as well as for the future of youth sailing and a pathway for the future of the America’s Cup. The development of future talent is paramount to the success of yachting around the world and as the current America’s Cup trustee, we  intend to have this event permanently embedded into future AC events. It is a good practice run for the main event for those aspiring to reach the pinnacle of our sport. We look forward to receiving entries and hosting, what is guaranteed to be an enthralling event in 2021.”

An initial entry period for yacht clubs and youth crews is open from December 12th through to 29th February 2020.  The entry protocol is intentionally very similar to the America’s Cup Challenger series and match and an entry memorandum can be found here.  A notice of race can be found here.

Expressions of interest can be sent to challenger@youthamericascup.com

More Youth America’s Cup information can be found online at www.youthamericascup.com.

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Burling and Tuke on top of the world again.

After 5 days of racing in their home waters in Auckland Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won their fifth 49er World Championship.

A difficult week for the fleets racing at the 49er Worlds due to mixed sailing conditions and a tense last day for Peter Burling and Blair Tuke that started with a gear failure causing them to pull out of the opening race, followed by a third place in the next race.

At the start of the medal race Burling and Tuke were eight points clear, needing to finish within four places of the second placed German team also intent on winning the championship. The drama peaked when Peter Burling slipped off the back of the boat and into the water when tacking on the first upwind leg of the medal race, plunging the New Zealand pair to the back of the fleet.

The Kiwi – duo though fought their way back to finish fourth in the Medal Race and to win the gold medal by six points overall.

“It’s definitely the top, no doubt,” Tuke said when reflecting on a fifth world title. “We said going into it that racing a world champs on your home waters would be right up there with the Olympics. It feels pretty good.

“It always feels good when you do it in that fashion, when it comes down to the wire as well. We would have liked to have won by more but you take it any way you can. We’re really proud that we came back in the end there.”

“It was a bit annoying,” an understated Burling said of his swim in the medal race. “It was the same thing we did in the first race when we snapped the tiller extension. It was really choppy out there and hard to get the timing quite right.”

Tuke added: “It certainly wasn’t part of the plan. We would have ideally sailed a bit better in the morning and wrapped it up but, whichever way we get it, we’re pretty happy and we knew that if it came down to this we would be able to step up. To do it in front of our friends, family and supporters is very, very special.”

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have an intense schedule ahead as they will combine their Olympic campaign with their America’s Cup commitments.

With little time to reflect on today’s win, tomorrow they’ll be back at work with Emirates Team New Zealand sailing the teams AC75 back on the very same waters of their latest world beating accomplishment.

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