Team New Zealand has a large task ahead of them; they were defenders of America’s Cup, the task that is in front of them is sizeable, especially given the new test boat that is being considered for this competition. The syndicate enjoys the support of affluent circles in the sailing world and the new surrogate boat being tested stands testimony to the deep pockets that this contest enjoys. Tests of this boat’s suitability are currently underway in Pensacola, Florida.
Terry Hutchinson, the skipper of American Magic, stated that Pensacola was giving them sailing weather that was warm and consistent. The flat water training venue was large and protected. Logistics were efficient and the welcoming community ensured that America’s Cup team had everything they needed. With accommodations made for the team in Port of Pensacola, the facility aspects are ideal for the team to set up a base and test the boat while New York experiences wintry conditions. This is being done after a long time since the syndicate trained last in 1970 along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
The team comprises of a fitness consultant, Jon Ackland who had been on board of the former team Emirates New Zealand. The upcoming contest in 2021 promises is to be spectator friendly, with a race course that is charted close to the shores. This boat is one of the five competitors who is finalized for the Auckland race which would be a close-up encounter among the competitors.