Team NZ officially unveils new boat design

Author
Charlie Bristow,
Section
Yachting,
Publish Date
Thursday, 16 February 2017, 7:28PM
Team New Zealand have officially unveiled their AC50 catamaran in Auckland (NZH).
Team New Zealand have officially unveiled their AC50 catamaran in Auckland (NZH).

Team New Zealand has described their new grinding system and personnel as a calculated risk to regaining the America's Cup.

The syndicate has officially unveiled their AC50 catamaran, which includes cycling pedestals rather than the traditional arm powered grinder.

Former Olympic track cyclist Simon van Velthooven has made the team after a 12-month trial period.

Skipper Glenn Ashby said they are confident with their decisions. He doesn't think the leg-powered grinder will win them the cup, but sees it as part of a solid package they've come up with.

"We've had both systems and we've done a lot of work with both, obviously not only power-wise but aerodynamically as well," he said.

"We're very pleased with what we've done - we've done our homework well."

Ashby said van Velthooven has been "instrumental" since the early stages of the system's development.

"He's been great - he's certainly fitted in with all the guys and he's really been a fantastic asset to step forward with our system."

The America's Cup Challenger series begins on May 26.

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