Recording speeds previously unheard of in America’s Cup racing, Emirates Team New Zealand today scored the first point in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, when it completed the 16-nautical-mile course in 46 minutes, 27 seconds. Skipper Dean Barker and the Kiwi team, the reigning Louis Vuitton Cup champions from 2007, took Aotearoa onto the racecourse doing 30 knots and riding on the hydrofoils. They recorded a top speed of 42.8 knots (49 mph)—meaning the AC72 was sailing its 72-foot length in a single second—and the crew averaged 20.7 knots around the 16.05-nautical-mile course.
Video Highlights and Full Race 07/07/2013: Emirates Team New Zealand (Louis Vuitton Cup – RR1 Race 1 – America’s Cup 2013)
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