As New Zealand erupted in jubilant celebration over the successful defence of the America’s Cup the scarlet and black machine that scored an epic 7-3 victory over the Italian challengers swiftly vanished from view back to its hangar at the Emirates Team New Zealand base… with Ivor Wilkins following close behind.
For chief designer Dan Bernasconi, credited as the main mastermind behind the AC75 concept, it was a bittersweet moment. He wished the racing could continue – at least for one more day.
‘We were looking at tomorrow’s forecast,’ he said, which promised a change from the predominantly light to moderate conditions that prevailed for the 10-race series. ‘It would be great to do more racing in a bit more breeze. The boat just loves breeze. Upwind in 15-20kt it is sensational. It has a lot more to give in those conditions.’
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