Back in 2012, when the AC72 catamaran was launched for the ill-fated 2013 San Francisco America's Cup challenge, there was pretty much a collective gasp when Aotearoa was launched in front of a big Auckland crowd.

The 72-foot catamaran looked like some sort of dangerous double-bladed knife, designed to blast through a race course faster than a gastric bug at a hot dog eating competition. It was a new age, a new take on multihull sailing – a yacht not intended to foil which had been persuaded to foil, standing up on its daggerboards to introduce the new meaning of

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