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Monday marked the first sail for “17" and the team was on the water for four hours, completing a series of preliminary performance and safety tests.
"We have been foil tacking and foil gybing on day one which is probably unprecedented for a new boat going in the water."
The boat will participate in the International 12 Metre Class’s recently announced “Road to the Worlds” series that culminates in the 2019 12-Metre World Championship.
With Peter Burling steering and Glenn Ashby and Blair Tuke trimming, the "grunt" positions are still open as sailors become cyclists and cyclists try to become sailors.
The move away from the traditional arm work of the grinders to the more powerful option of leg work will be monitored closely by rivals.
The aircraft manufacturer realised it could take what it had learned from the America's Cup design work and feed it back into an A320 Sharklet redesign.
"Races that, in past America’s Cup events, took hours, will now be played out in around 22 minutes."
Over 15 designers and 50 boat-builders have contributed to the design and build of “17”, with more than 85,000 man-hours accumulated to date.
Nineteen yachts of between 27 and 52 metres long have entered.
The store is live and has a range of gear for a number of the teams with more to come.
There will be just 67m of rope on board, but 130m of hydraulic pipes and over 1200m of electronic and electrical cabling connecting 190 sensors and four video cameras.
Four teams raced their test boats during a "blackout" period before the AC50 race boats are launched.
ETNZ was the only team not to endorse the proposal for a two-year cycle in America's Cup Class catamarans.
The 23-year-old had been eyeing the helming duties or a tactical role on the Kiwi boat, but was not among the eight-strong crew named by Yachting New Zealand yesterday.