Ricky Wilson / Staff
New Zealand and Luna Rossa are competing again.
The Copa America will start in excellent conditions with the regattas confirming a good breeze, and the preferred route will be used in Auckland on Thursday.
Iain Murray ordered Cycle C, the pose between North Head and Bastion Point would be used for the first four races of the World Regatta Series.
The forecast for the southwestern regions averages 14 knots but reaches 17 knots.
The World Regatta is the public’s first opportunity to see the boats of America’s Cup competitors in a race.
Defenders Team New Zealand meet record competitor Luna Rossa in the inaugural race, set to start at 3.12pm.
Murray confirmed that “the spectators at North Head will take first place.”
“It would be amazing,” said Blair Tuck, flight controller for the Emirates Airline New Zealand team.
“A southwesterly breeze, just before Christmas time, is close … it can’t get any better.”
The C-Tournament was one of two favorites that were brought back into action after being briefly disqualified in a dispute with competitors who feared that the New Zealand team would have a lot of time training for them as they competed in the Prada Cup series in January and February.
The path is a bit compact, as it needs crosswalks on Rangitoto Island, North Head and Aoraki for water traffic.
Murray can lay track lengths between 1.5 and 2.2 nautical miles although the preference with these high-speed mono is to keep the legs as long as possible, allowing for two to three maneuvers per leg.
The World Series and the Christmas regatta run through Thursday. It is the only opportunity the New Zealand team will have to compete against before the Copa America match in March.
Meanwhile, Murray thought they had gotten to the bottom of the problem with the sophisticated buoy that sank during the training race last Tuesday.
It is understood that the waterproof hatch was left in the ventilated position, causing water absorption and sinking.
He said nothing was broken or cracked, causing a leak that was recovered and inspected, and getting a “very comprehensive tour”. He was confident that the problem would not happen again.
Schedule of the World Cup matches for America Thursday
Race 1: New Zealand national team – Luna Rossa, 3.12 pm
Race 2: American Magic – UK Enos Team, 3.50pm
Race 3: UK Eneos Team – Luna Rossa, at 4.42 pm
Race 4: New Zealand team vs American Magic, 5.20 pm
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