Yachting: Team NZ launch second boat


Team New Zealand have reached the point of no return with the launch of their second AC72 yesterday, and the nerves are beginning to show.

The milestone, marked in a blessing ceremony led by Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua at the Team New Zealand base in the Viaduct, represents a significant point in the campaign.

In scheduling the launch of their version two boat yesterday, 24 hours before America's Cup-holders Oracle are due to put their first boat back on the water after four months of repairs following a capsize last year, Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton wanted to send out a strong statement.

- The Aucklander

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