Emirates Team New Zealand are again in race mode, this time at the 6th event on the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Chicago, Illinois.
With the successful regatta win in New York now a distant memory, so are the unique conditions the team had to contend with in the Big Apple.
Chicago on the other hand is a different kettle of fish. Located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan and known in the US as ‘The Windy City’, this weekends racing will be the first time an America’s Cup event has been sailed in fresh water.
“It’s an interesting element and a bit of a novelty to be sailing in fresh water.” said skipper Glenn Ashby. “If anything it will make the job easier for the shore guys washing the boat down at the end of the day.”
On a more serious note, Ashby grew up and learnt to sail on a fresh water lake so sailing on the Great Lake won’t be too much of new experience for him.