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Short break then big push on boat 2

Emirates Team New Zealand COO, Kevin Shoebridge. 3/4/2012

Emirates Team New Zealand’s chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge reflects on the end of the Boat 1 sailing programme and the push to get Boat 2 ready to go sailing

The sailing programme finished on time, in fact two days earlier than we had planned way back in January when we sat down to write the AC72 programme.

That was good news. It gave us a little extra time to decommision boat 1 pre-Christmas. The boat has now been pulled apart and every component has been structurally checked.

We stopped the sailing programme mid-December to enable some of the structural elements to be used in the second boat. Boat 2 is now in one piece, beams attached.

Over the holiday, some team members will have a very short break and will be back at work on January 3.  The entire team will be back at work on the 7th. By then the boat will have been painted, the graphics will be on and the boat will be near ready to be trucked to the base.

The shore crew, most of the sailing team and contractors will work on fit-out through January:  electronics, hydraulics, the trampoline and all the hundreds of small fittings will be put on to the boat in preparation for a launch in early February.

The sailing team will be involved in their own areas so they know exactly how the boat went together and it makes it easier from them to use equipment efficiently and troubleshoot any problems.

Construction of Wing 2 is well advanced. Boat 2 will use Wing 1 in for the first few weeks to allow us to test the platform’s structural integrity and not have any issues with the wing, making it a relatively more straight forward and quicker process than it was for Boat 1.

Fit out for the new boat should be faster than it was for Boat 1. That took us nearly six weeks with the first boat and we’re trying to do that now in 3 – 4 weeks.

The boat has been simplified and we know a lot more about what we are doing.  And certain components that are coming off boat 1 to go on Boat 2 to save time as well.

Boat 1 is not being retired.  We could get it sailing again within a week if we had to.


  1. Thanks for the update.

    Indio - December 27, 2012 at 9:23 am
  2. ETNZ is clearly running a tight ship. Maybe it will pay off against the Oracle celebrities.

    Kit - December 27, 2012 at 10:07 am
  3. With ETNZ being so far ahead of the other teams, this must count as the factor in winning the cup back, but what about sailing in San Francisco Bay? i hope that doesn’t come into play.
    Go ETNZ…… beat Coutts in a big way, because this is not what he promised.
    3 challengers for the LV cup, what a joke. To have the opportunity that he had to rebuild this event , and have it turn out this way, cost and participants etc.. he has failed in his goal.
    Keep up the good work Russell, because your doing a hell of a job ETNZ.

    What comes around goes around sucker.

    Malcolm - December 27, 2012 at 11:08 am
  4. Congratulations to ETNZ on running such a well managed campaign to this point. They are definitely the front runners right now in terms of quality testing hours and data collected. They’re sailing team has also had by far the most quality hours on an AC72 of any of the teams. That said, getting these boats around a tight course in SF is going to be challenging and the outcome of the cup could just as easily be determined by a couple unfortunate mistakes as by who has the best design and preparation.

    As for this America’s Cup, I think it is the most exciting ever, despite having only three challengers. I think the direction is great, but the 72 x 46 x 131 dimensions might have been a bit too ambitious. In any case, the second cycle of this format will provide a better measure of its success. If you remember the 1992 America’s cup (the first for the IACC class) the racing was not very good, but by 2007, the racing was very close. The AC World Series has also featured some great racing (the best ever broadcast racing) and has given us a chance to become familiar with the players.

    Coutt may not be perfect, but he has tried a lot of new things and this cup cycle has produced the most most exciting fleet of big boats since the ORMA 60s.

    Ed - December 28, 2012 at 7:31 am
  5. I think it is so great how you are keeping us all informed of the team’s progress, thanks for engaging the public so much.

    You’re doing a superb job, keep it up!

    Luke - December 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm
  6. To Grant, Dean and the team, best wishes for 2013. Based on the footage to date I can’t wait until July. I have a feeling the attention to detail is going to make NZ very proud this year. Kia kaha!

    Mikey59 - January 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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