Team NZ in final countdown to launch of radical new America’s Cup boat

Team New Zealand’s design boss Dan Bernasconi likes what he’s seeing as the America’s Cup defenders get set to launch their radical foiling monohull.

Plenty of secrets lie behind the closed doors of Team New Zealand’s Auckland base as they work on the defence of the America’s Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand and the three heavyweight challengers – Luna Rossa, INEOS Team UK, and American Magic – are all finally set to splash their new AC75s in coming weeks with the Kiwi boat due to be unveiled early next month.

There’s bound to be a wow factor with grandeur returning to the Cup for the 36th edition in Auckland 2021 as these boats push 22.7m including their bowsprits and carry 26.5m masts.

But Bernasconi warns that first looks may be deceptive with some of the boat’s crucial features hidden below the waterline.

“At the dock with the foils down you could almost mistake it for a conventional monohull yacht because the foils are under the water,” Bernasconi told.

Glenn Ashby, centre, and the Team NZ design designers work through some details for the new AC75.

“But when it starts sailing around and you see the boat out of the water with the foils, it is going to look really dramatic. And I think the performance of the yacht is going to be pretty spectacular.”

Bernasconi’s design team and the syndicate’s inhouse boatbuilders are about to deliver Glenn Ashby, Peter Burling and the sailing crew a monster they will have to learn to tame.